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.

Heatsink Chair by Paul Puskarich 1Heat Sink ChairAram_Gallery_-amandine_alessandra-6854Duct Work stools by David SteinerCardboard stool by Luisa Kahlfeldt 1Cardboard Stools by Luisa KahlfeldtPPPPP by Silo Studio 1PPPPP Bowl by Silo StudioAram_Gallery_-amandine_alessandra-6983Deposit tables by Odd MattersDeposit by Odd Matter 1Deposit tables by Odd Matters  Aram_Gallery_-amandine_alessandra-6940Re-engineering desire by Roisin JohnsRe-engineering Desire by Roisin Johns 1Re-engineering desire by Roisin JohnsAram_Gallery_amandine_alessandra-6858 Mouldings by Soft Baroque 2Mouldings by Soft BaroqueEnd Grain by Simin Qiu 1 End Grain by Simin Qiu9Wonderfluro by Rachel HardingAram_Gallery_amandine_alessandra--2