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Product Design
Published: 6 Feb 2015

The Department of Repair

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The Department of Repair, Camberwell College of Arts

Currently on show at Camberwell College of Arts in London, The Department of Repair exhibition is dedicated to fixing, mending and remaking. It aims to promote the notion of repair as an environmentally and socially engaging concept.

Pieces on show include a traditional bentwood stool, given a new lease of life through a contrasting plywood seat, and ceramic plates with cracks that are highlighted through obvious repairs, such as neon-coloured glue. They explore the idea of repair as not only being restorative, but also a way of creating a new use or appearance for the item.

A series of workshops will run alongside the exhibition, with designers and craftspeople promoting and teaching the art of repairing. Contributors include The Restart Project, which were featured in Ethical Electronics for their work providing people with the skills to fix consumer electronics, rather than replace them. A similar approach was seen during Milan Design Week 2014, when Italian designer Martino Gamper installed workshops outside department store La Rinascente, inviting members of the public to bring along broken objects to be fixed.

For more on the increasing interest in repair and the aftercare of products, see New Classic Design from our Austerity Opportunity Macro Trend.

The Department of Repair is on show until 20 February.

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