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SOCIAL STORAGE

SOCIAL STORAGE

Date: March 2016
Link: Six Thirty Presents Unread Messages
Exhibition: The Aram Gallery

In the good old days, our shelves carried vast CD collections and our wardrobe doors were adorned with holiday snaps. These personality-defining aspects have since been drained from our homes and siphoned discretely into Spotify, Instagram, Twitter and the like.  Social Storage responds to this contemporary condition, addressing the gap between our online and offline personas, where large facets of our “curated self” are locked inside our devices. Using mini projectors, this furniture collection softens the edges between the online and offline persona, bringing the most relatable aspects of the online experience out of the screen and back into the home.

Derived from the most talkable, routine aspects of our online experience, these three pieces of furniture are designed to host music, weather and travel, accommodated within an augmented bookshelf, coat stand and globe. These analogue storage devices make space for the online and offline facets of our personality simultaneously: an umbrella sits next to a #londonweather update, a Spotify Playlist sits next to the maneki-neko you bought in Barbados.  Social Storage creates a more realistic, well-rounded space for our online and offline tastes, gently nudging these somewhat removed aspects of our personality back into the home.

SOCIAL STORAGE

SOCIAL STORAGE

Date: March 2016
Link: Six Thirty Presents Unread Messages
Exhibition: The Aram Gallery

In the good old days, our shelves carried vast CD collections and our wardrobe doors were adorned with holiday snaps. These personality-defining aspects have since been drained from our homes and siphoned discretely into Spotify, Instagram, Twitter and the like.  Social Storage responds to this contemporary condition, addressing the gap between our online and offline personas, where large facets of our “curated self” are locked inside our devices. Using mini projectors, this furniture collection softens the edges between the online and offline persona, bringing the most relatable aspects of the online experience out of the screen and back into the home.

Derived from the most talkable, routine aspects of our online experience, these three pieces of furniture are designed to host music, weather and travel, accommodated within an augmented bookshelf, coat stand and globe. These analogue storage devices make space for the online and offline facets of our personality simultaneously: an umbrella sits next to a #londonweather update, a Spotify Playlist sits next to the maneki-neko you bought in Barbados.  Social Storage creates a more realistic, well-rounded space for our online and offline tastes, gently nudging these somewhat removed aspects of our personality back into the home.

SOCIAL STORAGE

SOCIAL STORAGE

Date: March 2016
Link: Six Thirty Presents Unread Messages
Exhibition: The Aram Gallery

In the good old days, our shelves carried vast CD collections and our wardrobe doors were adorned with holiday snaps. These personality-defining aspects have since been drained from our homes and siphoned discretely into Spotify, Instagram, Twitter and the like.  Social Storage responds to this contemporary condition, addressing the gap between our online and offline personas, where large facets of our “curated self” are locked inside our devices. Using mini projectors, this furniture collection softens the edges between the online and offline persona, bringing the most relatable aspects of the online experience out of the screen and back into the home.

Derived from the most talkable, routine aspects of our online experience, these three pieces of furniture are designed to host music, weather and travel, accommodated within an augmented bookshelf, coat stand and globe. These analogue storage devices make space for the online and offline facets of our personality simultaneously: an umbrella sits next to a #londonweather update, a Spotify Playlist sits next to the maneki-neko you bought in Barbados.  Social Storage creates a more realistic, well-rounded space for our online and offline tastes, gently nudging these somewhat removed aspects of our personality back into the home.

SOCIAL STORAGE

SOCIAL STORAGE

Date: March 2016
Link: Six Thirty Presents Unread Messages
Exhibition: The Aram Gallery

In the good old days, our shelves carried vast CD collections and our wardrobe doors were adorned with holiday snaps. These personality-defining aspects have since been drained from our homes and siphoned discretely into Spotify, Instagram, Twitter and the like.  Social Storage responds to this contemporary condition, addressing the gap between our online and offline personas, where large facets of our “curated self” are locked inside our devices. Using mini projectors, this furniture collection softens the edges between the online and offline persona, bringing the most relatable aspects of the online experience out of the screen and back into the home.

Derived from the most talkable, routine aspects of our online experience, these three pieces of furniture are designed to host music, weather and travel, accommodated within an augmented bookshelf, coat stand and globe. These analogue storage devices make space for the online and offline facets of our personality simultaneously: an umbrella sits next to a #londonweather update, a Spotify Playlist sits next to the maneki-neko you bought in Barbados.  Social Storage creates a more realistic, well-rounded space for our online and offline tastes, gently nudging these somewhat removed aspects of our personality back into the home.

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Photography: Shek Po Kwan (Fabrica)
Date: September 2014
Link: 7lamps.info

The 7 Lamps of Making re-visits John Ruskin’s essay The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide for 21st century making - translating 19th century craft theory into a contemporary design project. Ruskin used the word “Lamps“ to mean guides. These “Lamps” are objectified as tangible examples of the 7 guides in practice - as critical objects that embody the enduring principles of good craftsmanship.                    

Adopting the vocabulary of the Maker Movement the project renders the principles relevant to makers now - using readily available democratic tools and materials such as 3D printing, LED lighting, laser cutters and kit electronics. The 7 Lamps of Making places the New Maker Movement in historical context, recognizing and disseminating the relevant craft values that have, and remain, necessary to make things of quality. 

OFFSHOOT

OFFSHOOT

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Date: February 2013

Offshoot is a proposal for a public intervention that draws the invisible line between a tree and the wooden stool it may eventually become. The hanging mobile is suggested as an extension of the tree itself, growing through the steps of the production process, branching from a cut log into component parts and finally a useable stool. Bringing transparency to this process pays tribute to a tree as an abundant resource, and asks us not to take it for granted. Offshoot is an outcome of a Fabrica workshop with Martino Gamper, and is inspired by graffiti artists who bring politics, data visualization and discussion into our neighborhoods and public opinion.

OFFSHOOT

OFFSHOOT

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Date: February 2013

Offshoot is a proposal for a public intervention that draws the invisible line between a tree and the wooden stool it may eventually become. The hanging mobile is suggested as an extension of the tree itself, growing through the steps of the production process, branching from a cut log into component parts and finally a useable stool. Bringing transparency to this process pays tribute to a tree as an abundant resource, and asks us not to take it for granted. Offshoot is an outcome of a Fabrica workshop with Martino Gamper, and is inspired by graffiti artists who bring politics, data visualization and discussion into our neighborhoods and public opinion.

OFFSHOOT

OFFSHOOT

Design: Dean Brown (Fabrica)
Date: February 2013

Offshoot is a proposal for a public intervention that draws the invisible line between a tree and the wooden stool it may eventually become. The hanging mobile is suggested as an extension of the tree itself, growing through the steps of the production process, branching from a cut log into component parts and finally a useable stool. Bringing transparency to this process pays tribute to a tree as an abundant resource, and asks us not to take it for granted. Offshoot is an outcome of a Fabrica workshop with Martino Gamper, and is inspired by graffiti artists who bring politics, data visualization and discussion into our neighborhoods and public opinion.

DEATH IN EVERYDAY LIFE

DEATH IN EVERYDAY LIFE

Design: Fabrica Workshop Team
Workshop Topic: "The First & Last 7 Days of Your Life" with Mathieu Lehauner
Date: June 2010

The project aims to bring the subject of death into everyday life in a light and reassuring way. To appreciate that, sooner or later, we will die can help us to live a more fulfilling life. We have created 2 archetypal everyday objects, that have been subtly changed to make people aware of their own mortality. The project is an outcome of a Fabrica workshop with French Designer Mathieu Lehanneur, focused on 'The first 7 days and the last 7 days of your life'. 

EPITAPH CLOTHING LABEL

EPITAPH CLOTHING LABEL

The clothing of a deceased person can be seen as a kind of legacy, in the same way that a public bench with a memorial plaque can be a kind of legacy. Often when an elderly relative dies, the family (with a slight sense of guilt) donate the clothing to a second hand charity shop. Such shops are filled with the belongings and clothing of anonymous deceased individuals. The epitaph clothing label is a simple fabric label that bears a few words of remembrance to the deceased person. It can be sewn into the clothing before being donated to a charity shop, so the purchaser of the garment can have a small insight into the history and personality of the previous owner.

EPITAPH CLOTHING LABEL

EPITAPH CLOTHING LABEL

The clothing of a deceased person can be seen as a kind of legacy, in the same way that a public bench with a memorial plaque can be a kind of legacy. Often when an elderly relative dies, the family (with a slight sense of guilt) donate the clothing to a second hand charity shop. Such shops are filled with the belongings and clothing of anonymous deceased individuals. The epitaph clothing label is a simple fabric label that bears a few words of remembrance to the deceased person. It can be sewn into the clothing before being donated to a charity shop, so the purchaser of the garment can have a small insight into the history and personality of the previous owner.

 

FAMOUS LAST WORDS BIRTHDAY CARD

FAMOUS LAST WORDS BIRTHDAY CARD

Acknowledging that we might die very soon can help us to appreciate life, and enjoy what we have. The Last Words Birthday Card plays with this idea by making someone aware of their own mortality in a way that can be inspiring and humorous. The card is given to some one as a gift on their birthday, much like a conventional birthday card, however the card bears the last words of someone who died at the same age. It aims to surprise and shock the receiver in its heavy subject matter – acknowledging that Bob Marley died at 36, makes us realize we could very well do the same. The heaviness of this revelation is balanced by the optimism, humour and profoundness of their last words - they speak more about enjoying life than dreading death.

 

FAMOUS LAST WORDS BIRTHDAY CARD

FAMOUS LAST WORDS BIRTHDAY CARD

Acknowledging that we might die very soon can help us to appreciate life, and enjoy what we have. The Last Words Birthday Card plays with this idea by making someone aware of their own mortality in a way that can be inspiring and humorous. The card is given to some one as a gift on their birthday, much like a conventional birthday card, however the card bears the last words of someone who died at the same age. It aims to surprise and shock the receiver in its heavy subject matter – acknowledging that Bob Marley died at 36, makes us realize we could very well do the same. The heaviness of this revelation is balanced by the optimism, humour and profoundness of their last words - they speak more about enjoying life than dreading death.