Extra Ordinary at London’s Aram Gallery
Installation photography by Amandine Alessandra
On view at London’s Aram Gallery right now is an exhibition with a conceit quite close to our hearts. Featuring 14 international designers and curated by Riya Patel, “Extra Ordinary” focuses on pieces that are made from everyday materials but constructed via unorthodox or even invented processes. In the case of Jorge Penades’ Structural Skin (above), that translates to leather scraps that are compressed into a square profile, bound together with bone glue, and transformed into beautiful side tables; for Paul Puskarich’s Heatsink Chair (below), that means highlighting through multiplication the aesthetic appeal of aluminum fins normally used for cooling electronic components. Many of pieces on view — such as Silo Studio’s PPPPP bowls, which are made from injection-molded pressed polypropylene paper pulp — are ongoing projects in the designer’s studios. But some have been developed especially for this exhibition, such as Odd Matters’ recycled Jesmonite Deposit system. (Read more about the work of this up-and-coming Amsterdam studio here!) If you’re in the area, we highly recommend you pop in for a visit; if not, scroll through for a few of our highlights from the show.
Heat Sink ChairDuct Work stools by David SteinerCardboard Stools by Luisa KahlfeldtPPPPP Bowl by Silo StudioDeposit tables by Odd MattersDeposit tables by Odd Matters Re-engineering desire by Roisin JohnsRe-engineering desire by Roisin Johns Mouldings by Soft Baroque End Grain by Simin QiuWonderfluro by Rachel Harding