Copper in a Box: 100% Design a Londra, 2013

Nell’ambito della London Design Week, 100% Design ha ospitato la mostra Copper in a Box, sottolineando la crescente importanza del rame nel design contemporaneo ed invitando i visitatori a esplorare il modo in cui i designer contemporanei si avvicinano, lavorano e presentano il metallo rosso e le sue  leghe – versatili e belle – come l’ottone e il bronzo.

Famosi designer internazionali come Tom Dixon, Voon Wong e Benson Saw, Ilse Crawford e Ingo Maurer, oltre a certo numero di designer e artisti britannici, hanno contribuito alla mostra, con decine di oggetti esposti in uno stand dedicato.

Il rame è un materiale stimolante con cui lavorare, grazie alla sua colorazione straordinariamente calda e alle sue qualità superficiali morbide e riflettenti“, osserva Tom Brooksbank, architetto che ha fondato CoWorks insieme all’artista Allan Collins. “Le persone sono naturalmente attratte da progetti realizzati in rame. CoWorks lancerà presto anche una gamma più ampia di scodelle MeFar, inclusa una versione in bronzo“.

 

100% Design hosted the Copper in a Box exhibition as part of London Design Week, underscoring the growing importance of copper in contemporary design and inviting visitors to explore the way in which contemporary creators approach, work with and present the red metal and its equally-versatile and beautiful alloys, such as brass and bronze.

Dozens of objects – created by renowned international designers including Tom Dixon, Voon Wong & Benson Saw, Ilse Crawford and Ingo Maurer – have been exhibited in a dedicated stand.

A number of UK designers and artists have contributed to the display, with objects including the Ball Vase by Michael Anastassiades, Michael Chaikin’s Long Grouper, screens and bowls by London-based metalsmith Adaesi Ukairo and the Dance Series of bronze sculptures by Hazel Reeves. Also on show there was a set of dazzling, geometric bowls by London design studio CoWorks.  MeFar Copper is a decorative centrepiece comprising eight individual copper bowls diminishing in size to permit nesting. The bowls can also be combined in a variety of configurations to create different geometric patterns and reflections.

Copper is an exciting material to work with because of its uniquely warm colouration and soft, reflective surface qualities,’ notes Tom Brooksbank, an architect who founded CoWorks alongside artist Allan Collins.  ‘People are naturally drawn to designs produced in copper.  CoWorks will also be launching a wider range of MeFar bowls soon, including a version in bronze.’