‘counterbalance shelves’ by daniel eatock, 2008 photo: carl newland

 

 

on purpose: design concepts

arnolfini, bristol, uk september 13 – november 9, 2008

one of the latest exhibitions at bristol’s arnolfini contemporary art center is ‘on purpose: design concepts’. the show examines the idea of conceptual design through various projects and also questions who or what defines something as design. through interventions and work from a variety of designers, the exhibit aims to shed light on where the line between design and contemporary art exists. the title of the show stems from a key point of contention between the two , design is said to have a purpose. this exhibit questions ‘whether ‘purpose’ is actually its ultimate constraint’. ‘on purpose is the second in the ‘concept store’ series of projects at arnolfini, exploring the realms of marketing, design and experience economy. åbäke, droog design, daniel eatock, electronest, ann-sofie back, will holder, peter jensen, onkar kular & noam toran, metahaven, alex rich, savage and yuri suzuki are all included in the exhibit.

http://www.arnolfini.org.uk http://on-purpose.info

 

'on purpose: design concepts' at arnolfini ‘sound chaser’ by yuri suzuki photo: carl newland

 

 

'on purpose: design concepts' at arnolfini ‘sound chaser’ by yuri suzuki photo: carl newland

 

 

'on purpose: design concepts' at arnolfini ‘book circle’ by daniel eatock, 2008 photo: carl newland

 

 

'on purpose: design concepts' at arnolfini ‘straps’ by droog design, 2000 photo: carl newland

 

 

'on purpose: design concepts' at arnolfini ‘do hit’ chair by droog design, 2000 photo: carl newland

 

 

'on purpose: design concepts' at arnolfini ‘limb typography’ by åbäke, 2008 photo: carl newland

 

 

'on purpose: design concepts' at arnolfini ‘sound jewellery’ by yuri suzuki (special adviser and metal part design by linda brothwell and caren hartley), 2008 photo: carl newland

 

 

'on purpose: design concepts' at arnolfini ‘sound jewellery’ by yuri suzuki (special adviser and metal part design by linda brothwell and caren hartley), 2008 photo: bahbak hashemi-nezhad

 

 

'on purpose: design concepts' at arnolfini ‘sound jewellery’ by yuri suzuki (special adviser and metal part design by linda brothwell and caren hartley), 2008 photo: carl newland