Form&Seek London Design Fair2017
Form&Seek will be part of Dutch Pavilion at London Design Fair on 21-24 September 2017
Form&Seek exhibitions always show a consideration to new crafts, material and processes.
With this upcoming show Form&Seek explores the theme of "Openness" where we focus on what designers with a vision of across borders and cultures, make and design in order to shift attitudes and cultures for the a more inclusive future. Form&Seek explores the idea of Dutch design, not through a national lens but as an attitude and way of thinking.
For the first time ever Form&Seek launches its own collection during London Design Festival as well as a producing and selling platform, enabling consumers and retailers to purchase original and innovative crafted goods from a curated collection founded and run by designers.
The Form&Seek collection focuses on new developed processes and contemporary, globally local craft techniques. Interesting, innovative materials and processes play a key role in the pieces by Form&Seek. Each item tells a story through the way it has been made or the impact it has on our daily lives.
Our new collection expands on a wide range of crafted products from conventional products prototyped with new technologies to products that play with natural formations and uses of material. Each thought provoking, poetic design object has a strong character and personality with the personal mark of the maker.
Proceed With Caution
Stop lights, street lights, and construction barriers are all objects that act as forms of control in the built environment. Stop lights control the flow of traffic, street lights tell you where it’s safe to walk and illuminate the vastness of our built world, and construction barriers prevent us from entering work zones and redirect us. While these objects are intended to allow us to – or prevent us from – doing certain things, the rules will always be broken. But these objects have power – the signals they give us are part of the social contract, and although they are often intended to provide safety, they can also be used, or appropriated, to keep us from going places, to contain us, or even commandeered by the public to send messages (hacked construction signs), or protect themselves. Recently, in the protests against police brutality, we have seen the Chicago Police Department raise drawbridges to contain protestors. In many other cities, we have seen images of protestors using construction barriers and temporary fences as a defense against police in riot gear and police cars driving into protestors. While these recent examples speak to the grim reality we currently face, I want to offer a different perspective of these objects, while also critiquing their function.
In my work, I draw from the visual forms and material palette of these objects in the built environment, and reimagine them to create new domestic objects. These works are an homage to the forms, colors, and materials objectively, while offering a symbolic critique of the ways these objects are used as a form of control.
Metal, Acrylic, Cement