design miami/ craft punk at milan design week 09
 
design miami/ craft punk at milan design week 09 design miami/ craft punk at milan design week 09
apr 27, 2009

design miami/ craft punk at milan design week 09

craft is an area of design production that designers often turn to in the early stages of their careers. the performances aim to be a celebration of tenacious creative expression, unruly experimentation, and brilliantly low-tech design processes. a selection of young international designers worked onsite with traditional handcraft methods to create nonconformist, cutting-edge objects, installations, and encounters. the word ‘punk’ is here used out of its original meaning. the curators used this expression as a description of attitude and spirit; as it suggests fearless defiance in the face of adversity; individuality despite pressure to conform; the drive and inspiration to make something from nothing; finding beauty in things that are imperfect and asserting one’s voice despite restricted opportunities.

the show included kwangho lee, massimiliano adami nacho carbonell, peter marigold, raw-edges, sarah becker, simon hasan, studio glithero, studio libertiny and yuri suzuki + household. the designers received a briefing – the use of discarded materials from the fendi production process, such as selleria leather, branded fabrics, plastic decorative elements, and metal hardware and to reinvent the way a process or material is typically employed.

craft punk design performances is a collaboration between design miami/ and fendi, the italian LVMH-owned luxury fashion goods brand. it took place during the milan salone del mobile 2009 in the 750 sqm. spazio fendi showroom.

simon hasan: ‘beauty and the boiled beast’ performance

simon hasan
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through an ongoing exploration into the medieval technique of ‘cuir bouilli’,
in which leather is boiled to make it irreversibly hard
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simon hasan embraces the material’s capacity to be both decorative and structural.
he boils leather, wrapped on wooden forms, adds resin and car paint.
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nacho carbonell: ‘beasts’ performance


nacho carbonell
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nacho carbonell uses only a stapler and basic moulding skills to fashion his creatures out
of fendi leather straps
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kwangho lee: ‘obsession’ performance


kwangho lee
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with hands toiling obsessively, kwangho lee creates lounge chairs out of gardening hoses
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peter marigold: ‘qow’ performance


peter marigold
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using leather straps from fendi production, marigold creates patterned tabletops in which
the complimentary internal angles of a bisected square are matched up and tessellated
together to form uniform plates.
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raw- edges: ‘pleated pleat’ performance


yael mer and shay alkalay of raw edges studio
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borrowing a technique used in fashion production, raw edges folds and re-folds DuPont ™ Tyvek ® sheets
to create a series of plush seats.


the method of pleating allows the flat, non elastic material to become a springy, three dimensional cushion
when filled with soft polyurethane foam.
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sarah becker: ‘rebuild’ performance


sarah becker
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through compulsive handwork, transforming discarded materials and found objects, sarah becker
re-creates brand logos and an iconic imaginary brand alphabet
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glamorously layered and textured fashion accessories
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massimiliano adami: ‘fossilizziamo’ performance


massimiliano adami
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assorted found objects, fendi plastic mannequins,… are drowned in foam
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once hardened, the foam is sectioned to reveal colorful and surprising fragments
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studio glithero: ‘brief moment of happiness’


sarah van gameren and tim simpson of studio glithero
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white ceramic vases, which through exposure to light, slowly become vivid prussian blue.
the blueprint technique creates silhouettes of (dried) flowers and elastic rubber bands resting
on the surfaces.
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working with hazardous chemicals
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studio libertiny: ‘the weldgrown void’ performance


(on the right) tomás babzdil libertiny with collaborator
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the hollow object results from the buildup of stainless steel weld solder in a continuous layers on a turntable
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fusing-, welding- and clay turning
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yuri suzuki & household: ‘animatic’ performace


sarah gottlieb and george wu of hosehold and yuri suzuki
portrait © designboom


a series of animated machines comes to life in a chain reaction and creates a narrative for the song
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this performance featured ‘memphis tennessee’, a silicon teens cover of the classic track by chuck berry.


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andthe full coverage

  • best salone ebvent ’09!
    thanks a lot to all this ‘open minded’ and friendy guys.

    www.viktormatic.com says:
  • loved it

    hanna says:
  • I hated not being in Milan this year.
    thank you for coverage.

    Fred says:

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