photo by matthew booth

designer jorge manes aimed to inject some fun into the automated nature of mass-production with his project ‘my own factory’. the project was inspired by manes’ recent trip to china, where he saw how mechanized factory work was. he explains, ‘factories are turned into places where people lose their own identities; the boundaries between machines and humans are no longer clear’. this gave birth to ‘my own factory’, ‘a conceptual project that questions the boundaries between playing and working’. the idea uses rotational moulds placed inside metal balls. once resin is poured inside the ball is sealed. taking a cue from the game of bowling, workers are encouraged to throw the ball, spinning it round and round. once the game is over, the mould is opened and a finished product is removed. the unusual objects created with the ‘rotobowling’ process ‘communicate the freedom of the process that is behind them, and the transformation of a factory into a more human place.’

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jorge manes: my own factory

jorge manes: my own factory

jorge manes: my own factory

jorge manes: my own factoryphoto by matthew booth

jorge manes: my own factory

jorge manes: my own factoryphoto by matthew booth