Furniture with a Raw Materiality

Raw Craft challenges how we live today through original and simple work by seven contemporary furniture designers.

The exhibition quietly questions the design of furniture and considers and suggests new ways of thinking and living.  All the designers use modest materials and a hands-on approach to prototyping and making.  They reject excess and employ the values of traditional workshop culture.  They have created work which is raw in terms of retaining evidence of handmaking  but which require high levels of craftsmanship in thought and technique.

Christmas Tree Stool, Fabien Cappello, 2010. Photo Nick Moss
Christmas Tree Stool, Fabien Cappello, 2010. Photo Nick Moss

Furniture designer Fabien Cappello is interested in the creative use of local resources and manufacturing and their potential for social infrastructure.  Motivated by the annual disposal of Christmas trees and tree stumps he has upcycled the discarded wood into a Christmas tree stool, giving a fresh purpose and value to a festive decoration.

Pewter Stool, Max Lamb, 2006. Photo Nick Moss
Pewter Stool, Max Lamb, 2006. Photo Nick Moss

Max Lamb experimented with sandcasting.  Cutting a mould directly into the sand on a beach, he poured in molten pewter, and created a pewter stool which carries the textures of the rough sand.

Also featured in the exhibition are furniture designers Simon Jones, Tomás Alonso, Oscar Narud, Seongyong Lee and Peter Marigold.

The exhibition is on at the Barony Centre in West Kilbride, a Creative Places 2012 Award.  The award has enabled them to bring Crafts Council exhibitions to the space, giving people in Scotland the chance to see high quality craft in a space run and created by a local community.

There are also eight craft studios in the town, generally open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, full details on the website.  If you wish to visit a specific craft artist they recommend calling before travelling to avoid any disappointment.

See: Raw Craft
Until 14 April 2013
The Barony Centre, 50 Main Street, West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, KA23 9AR.
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm Sun 12-5pm
Cafe open daily, last orders at 4pm
Free
www.crafttownscotland.org

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