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Established & Sons’s Design Against the Clock


On occasion, the editors of Sight Unseen spot a story about creativity told from a viewpoint that’s not unlike our own. This one, in the form of a video shot last week at the London Design Festival, is part of design-book publisher Gestalten’s series of in-depth interviews with the field’s most intriguing talents. It documents Established & Sons’s Design Against the Clock event, where five teams of designers were each invited to spend one 8-hour day in the company’s LIMITED gallery space, constructing a design from scratch — with the public invited to watch. Sebastian Wrong and Lars Frideen made a skewed bookshelf, Tord Boontje a kind of oversized mobile, and Richard Woods a series of multi-use boxes painted with a variation on his signature striped motif. Gavin Turk sculpted hand-thrown pottery on the spot, while Committee, whose project is pictured in the still images above and below, constructed a freestanding doorway out of found objects. In the video, E&S co-founder Sebastian Wrong explains the motivations behind the event: “What I’m interested in particularly is the process of making, and the process of production and materials and how that all comes together. I do feel there’s somewhat of a distance that’s been created through technology between the actual material and the hand-eye coordination of making things, and that’s what I’m keen to experiment with this week.” Sound familiar? Watch the video below, then check out more of Gestalten’s coverage of the design world right here.


Video courtesy of Gestalten; photos by Nick Ballon