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Product Design
Published: 7 Oct 2016

Ready Made Go 2: Crafted & Streamlined

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Clockwise L-R: Amorph Glasses by Jochen Holz, BBQ tiles by Assemble, Doublet by Toogood, Climbing Wall by Patternity, Beam by Studio Silo

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.

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