Prototypes and Experiments

One of the great things about design is that the process – the experiments, dead ends, failures and tangents – is often as interesting as the result.

India Carpenter and Giles Round, detail of Nomadic Sling Chair 2013
India Carpenter and Giles Round, detail of Nomadic Sling Chair 2013

It’s this idea of interrogating the journey as much as the end piece that lies at the heart of a new show opening at London’s Aram Gallery next month, Prototypes & Experiments VII.

Amy Pliszka, Beehive 2011
Amy Pliszka, Beehive 2011

The exhibition will show models and prototypes created by a range of established and emerging product, jewellery, furniture and textile designers, charting the development of objects through the physical steps that narrate their naissance.

Daniel Rous, Bird Lamp 2012
Daniel Rous, Bird Lamp 2012

While some of the maquettes and models on show went on to form a final design, many were scrapped along the way – deemed failures by their creators – but forming an essential piece in the creation of the final product.

Florian Schmid, Stitching Concrete Stool prototype 2011
Florian Schmid, Stitching Concrete Stool prototype 2011

Each designer showing at the exhibition will present their trials, with most pieces accompanied with a 2D drawing as an initial sketch of the prospective design.

International Studio, Apollo Forms 2011
International Studio, Apollo Forms 2011

Designers featured in the exhibition include David Amar, Michael Antrobus, Riccardo Bovo, India Carpenter and Giles Round, Marina Dragomirova, Jennifer Gray, Simon Hasan, Kathryn Hinton, Amy Pliszka, Daniel Rous and Florian Schmid.

Jennifer Gray, Amphora Garland 2013

Source: Photographer Matthew Booth Photographer

Jennifer Gray, Amphora Garland 2013

The Aram Gallery says, ‘The varied examples selected for this exhibition aim to inspire a broad design audience and members of the general public alike and, show the value in experimentation as a vital component of the design process’.

Riccardo Bovo, Half Chaise 2011
Riccardo Bovo, Half Chaise 2011

Prototypes & Experiments VII runs from 3 May – 15 June at The Aram Gallery, 110 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B

Simon Hasan, Twist Stool
Simon Hasan, Twist Stool

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