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Maison Objet 2017: Rising Talents, the Emerging British SceneMonday 23 January 2017
Maison Objet 2017: Rising Talents, the Emerging British Scene – Six young and talented designers have been selected as representatives of the emerging British scene. They are presenting their work at Maison et Objet at Rising Talents segment. Their six mentors are eminent figures in fashion, architecture and design from the UK and Tom Dixon, the special guest for this talk, is one of them. Journalist Elodie Palasse-Leroux moderated the conference.
Zuza Mengham, Sebastian Cox, Marcin Rusak, John Booth, Studio Swine, Giles Miller Studio, these are the names that are making headlines with their forward thinking projects, let’s discover a little bit about them!
Tom Dixon, always involved in initiatives to show young designers, thinks that current UK design scene is “a very cosmopolitan crossroad” (…) “the deepest ecosystem to design work”, with interior, graphic and industrial design and even crafts. There’s more people practicing than ever before. When Tom Dixon started, there was almost anyone in the market, something completely different from nowadays. He also confessed to being a fan of Zuza Mengham, one of the Rising Talents that he found out through social networks
Zuza Mengham also participated in London Design Week. She started drawing and painting, them she used metal for a while and now is working with materials like resin and even salt.
Revive wood management in a contemporary way, is something that Sebastian Cox does with mastery. He uses digital technology to create traditional and contemporary pieces. His design always comes from the material and the way Sebastian works it.
Marcin Rusak already showed his work with preserved flowers at Design Miami/ Basel and Victoria Albert Museum. The designer made research about flowers cut in Holand since he uses the flowers as a material to work with. He wanted a material to keep, so it took 2 years working with flowers and resin to have something that would last. It’s a work with art nouveau as an inspiration, a cutting edge design from the past, combined with new techniques.
John Booth designed John Galliano accessories collection. He was also invited to draw live the models at latest Milan Fashion Show. John believes that people want to see less digital images and he isn’t using technology in is current work.
Studio Swine Designers’ travelled the world to find different materials and transform garbage into luxury items. They were at Pacific Ocean Plastic Vortex on board of a research boat and they made the collection there, with the plastic and access to the solar sun which they use to make the pieces.
Transform reflection and texture into new materials, that’s the spirit of the work of Giles Miller Studio. Using very diverse materials to establish a dialogue with the viewer, they work pieces in ceramic and have a lot of collaborations with designers.
The conference ended with Tom Dixon asked about a definition of British design today which he believes to be a cultural diverse energy, learning from the past with the option of using technology. Tom Dixon says that “technology is a tool but these people still use his hands”, and he focused on the role of internet and digitals tools has a way to find new people, like happened with him and Zuza Mengham. “I found her on the internet, the digital tools help us” (…) when I started if I want to get international we had to buy a lot of stamps” to reach the persons.
Tom Dixon has also asked about his brand new collection for Ikea, that he is making in collaboration with dozens of students from countries like USA or Japan and exploring this idea with the help of internet has an open source. The project will be released next April in Milan, he will be presenting a piece of furniture that is a challenge for design industry: “a bed – the only thing you really need, even if you are in prison”, he claims.
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