Designing for longevity and a ‘long and happy life’

Hitting the north this week is 10 x 10, a new exhibition that aims to push designers ‘out of their comfort zone’.

10x10 logo
10×10 logo

The show is themed around the idea ‘longevity’, and will see creatives including Music’s Mike Ash and Jon Bland; Dave Sedgwick  (who united Manchester and Barcelona through graphics), Liam Hopkins (Lazerian), Owt Creative, illustrator Helen Musselwhite and even performance poet John Cooper Clarke.

John Cooper Clarke and John Owens' piece
John Cooper Clarke and John Owens’ piece

Ever-cheerful Cooper Clarke’s piece, created with Instruct Studio’s John Owens, is entitled Things Are Gonna Get Worse. The project sees the pair laser-etch a poem into Perspex, which delineates the ‘woes of growing old’. ‘Velcro slippers’ and ‘Planet Wasteland’ are both mentioned…

Paper ear by Helen Musselwhite
Paper ear by Helen Musselwhite

Taking a similarly bleak starting point, Helen Musselwhite and Because Studio’s Loz Ives ask, ‘Have you broken your heart or lost an eye? Perhaps just a fingertip?’

Helen Musselwhite and Because Studio’s Loz Ives' heart
Helen Musselwhite and Because Studio’s Loz Ives’ heart

Their piece, Save Yourself, offers replacements for said broken hearts, misplaced peepers etc through a series of different body parts that the pair has created through paper and other materials.

Paper finger by Helen Musselwhite
Paper finger by Helen Musselwhite

While the secret to a long and happy life may not lie in replacing our organs with cute yet physiologically useless paper appendages, we’re still, perhaps, a fair way off of finding out what that secret is.

Tim Denton and Dave Sedgwick
Tim Denton and Dave Sedgwick

Dave Sedgwick and Tim Denton are looking to shed some light, collaborating with a community group of older Mancunians called Chorlton Good Neighbours for their piece, Don’t sit still. Keep going.

Tim Denton and Dave Sedgwick looking for the secret to a long and happy life
Tim Denton and Dave Sedgwick looking for the secret to a long and happy life

The pair asked their superannuated new pals what they thought that secret was, and used the responses to create a series of typographic rubber stamps, which people can use to make their own unique postcards with. These can then be sent to others, spreading the wise words of the older generation.

Chorlton Good Neighbours
Chorlton Good Neighbours

10 x 10  runs from 15-28 August at Bench Self Made Gallery, 59 Church Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4. The exhibition launches the Design Manchester Festival, which takes place in October. (www.designmcr.com)

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