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Brief Published: 12 Aug 2015

The Aram Gallery: Extra Ordinary

Clockwise L-R: Odd Matter, Rachel Harding, Simin Qiu

London's Aram Gallery is currently showcasing a group exhibition of everyday materials, products and processes reworked in extraordinary ways.

  • End Grain, by London's Royal College of Art graduate Simin Qiu, uses a composite made from waste timber to make a range of desktop accessories. Thin strips of pine are glued together by hand to form linear and geometric patterns from the innate wood grain – an unusual process that creates tone-on-tone decorative markings. See our coverage of Raw Edges' project of the same title for a similar approach.
  • Dutch design studio Odd Matter presents an alternative furniture-recycling concept in its Deposit project. The block-colour Jesmonite table is leased to the consumer rather than sold, meaning it is returned to the studio when it is no longer needed. The material is then ground down to create a new terrazzo-style composite, which is recast into a fresh furniture design. This process is repeated to create a third incarnation, which features even more colours – demonstrating the possibility of reusing materials to create a new aesthetic.

For more on zero-waste production and the importance of lifecycle planning, see Designing Out Waste: Sustainable Production and Closing the Loop: Future-Proofing Design.

  • London-based designer Rachel Harding's Wonderfluro wall lamps use spectrum glass to manipulate fluorescent light into an array of colours – transforming conventional white light into a colourful display that shifts depending on the viewer's position. The linear bulbs are formed in simple graphic shapes for a striking effect.

The spectrum of colour, particularly in manipulated light, was also a key influence in lighting innovations at Milan Design Week earlier this year – see our Colour Application report for further insight.

Extra Ordinary runs until August 22 2015.