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.
The bowl,hand dyed and woven reed, 2020.
The designer Dee Clements is fascinated by the fundamental connections between needs, craft, and culture. This social lens reveals rich connections between people, materials and objects that drives her practice. Many cultures live in harmony with the land and have histories of building agrarian economies and communities around materials harvested from the environment. Now more than ever with the onset of climate change is the gap between Hi and Low-tech design widening an indelible and irrevocable gap. Techniques of crafting materials into useful goods for everyday use, adornment and decoration in a manner that is sustainable and regenerative while nodding toward mythologies and traditions is what has most inspired these pieces. The evolution of designed objects from prehistory to today shows a lineage of ingenuity through material languages. It also shows where crafts became divided by gender and child-rearing. The roots of craft and design come from ancient cultures that designed tools and objects to solve everyday problems and decorate the quotidian. These works are part of a larger body of woven vessels that aim to challenge our assumptions about weaving - to make it amazing, unexpected, and exquisite by pushing materials toward a new, specific code. Touching on certain ethnographic lineages, these pieces look to anthropology and cultural histories to find the new language – in essence, looking backwards to find an informed way forward.
hand dyed and woven reed, 2020.