simon hasan: industrial makeshift
simon hasan: industrial makeshift
jul 16, 2010

simon hasan: industrial makeshift

‘industrial makeshift’ by simon hasan
all images courtesy simon hasan



UK designer simon hasan project ‘industrial makeshift’ was conceived in response to an invitation by the northhampton blink festival to create a  site-specific installation in the town’s 700 year-old market square. like many market towns, northampton has witnessed the growth of high street chains that are part of an automated system of global manufacturing, supply and consumption.

simon hasan: industrial makeshift
‘industrial makeshift’ group of a plate, tin can, cola bottle



‘industrial makeshift’ explores this evolution through themes of commerce, craft and industry, questioning the role of the handmade within the modern production system. the overall project alludes to william morris’ 1894 lambaste of unsatisfactory mass produced goods, although in his iteration, hasan’s hand-made pieces are the ones that become makeshifts of the ubiquitous engineered products they are formed on.

simon hasan: industrial makeshift
line-up of coca-cola bottles



working with the medieval leather-working technique of cuir bouilli, hasan has produced over 400 hand-crafted objects, which can be purchased from a coin-operated, customized vending machine. each of the pieces are being sold for only 3 GPD, and are molded archetypes of such mass produced objects as coca-cola bottles or anonymous pound-shop plastic objects. they are rendered in hardened leather, becoming symbols of globalized industry as well as curious artefacts with an almost archaeological quality. each object is made from boiled leather, polyurethane resin, steel / brass / linen thread.

simon hasan: industrial makeshift
stack of plates

simon hasan: industrial makeshift
tin cans

simon hasan: industrial makeshift
up close of tin cans

simon hasan: industrial makeshift

simon hasan: industrial makeshift
the pieces will be available to purchase from a coin-operated customized vending machine

simon hasan: industrial makeshift
up close of ‘industrial makeshift’ products in the vending machine

simon hasan: industrial makeshift

  • Beyond the good looking retro appearance, these objects must have an incredible texture.

    Nanoverso says:
  • That vending machine will be utter chaos at 10am on July 23rd!

    Glynn says:
  • Would anyone consider sending one of these pieces to me in the US if I paid for the shipping costs, alternatively, I have relatives in Ireland that it could be posted to. Maybe that would go against the whole idea behind these pieces, but they are beautiful and I would really like to have one. Please email if you could. Kind regards.
    jbenton _at_ emich _dot_ edu

    Jason says:

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