For the second year running, Ace Hotel and design magazine Modern Design Review commissioned a number of London-based designers to create products for public use around the hotel. Ready Made Go 2 sees unconventional materials and even food waste used to create a collection of unique pieces launched during London Design Festival.
- Repurposing for Luxury: Jochen Holz’s handcrafted drinking glasses are cut from off-the-shelf tubes of scientific glass. Pressing the glass onto different textured objects during manufacturing makes each vessel different from the next. See LDF 2016: Home Accessories for more elevated cocktail glassware. The hotel’s seventh-floor bar has been clad with tiles created by design collective Assemble through a raku firing process in a barbecue. Using foil, pine needles and even fruit peels to mask the tiles before exposing them to smoke creates unique patterns.
- Fine Details & Large-Scale Graphics: British fashion label Toogood designed a handmade gunmetal-grey quilt with patched pockets reminiscent of a padded jacket – see LDF 2016: Furniture & Lighting for detailed and tactile interior upholstery. Patternity Studio created a graphic climbing wall in the Ace Hotel basement; its gradient monochrome colours and pattern resemble a topographic map.
- Industrial Materials: Spanish designer Tomas Alonso’s cone-shaped ashtrays made from low-cost copper sheets for the first Ready Made Go collection have been succeeded by Studio Silo’s I-beam soap dish – another clever reappropriation of an industrial component that can now be found in every Ace Hotel bathroom.
See also LDF 2016: Colour & Material for further exploration of the overlooked materials, monochrome lines and disrupted stripes on show at London Design Festival.