Re:Design highlights 14 emerging designers who are taking a fresh look at old materials. Part of a generation raised in a world where the continuous production of new objects can be environmentally irresponsible, some of these designers have repurposed old or discarded objects, finding beauty in their history and patina. Others have taken an innovative approach to objects or materials already in production, using them in creative and unexpected ways. Re:Design will open to the public Friday, April 8. Bank of America, one of the world's largest financial institutions, is the sponsor of Re:Design.
Recycled materials offer inspiration to a number of the designers in the exhibition. Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron of Nightwood in
Many of the designers poke fun at design conventions. Stanley Ruiz’s Neolithic Clock is a playful take on the iconic Ball Clock by George Nelson. With rocks, the clock becomes something out of the Flintstone Stone Age. Martin Konrad Gloekle takes an interactive approach to design. People can complete his tables and lights with their own books, customizing the size, color, and shape of the objects and changing them according to their current interests and reading list.
Some designers find beauty in objects we would normally keep out of sight. Craighton Berman was inspired by the bright colors of electrical cords to make a lamp formed entirely from the cord. His Coil Lamp is bright, cheerful, and cleverly simple. Peter Sid used objects with more negative connotations—medical vials from IVs used in chemotherapy treatment—to create Bottles of Hope Chandelier that turns the vials into rays of hope.
Although each of the designers has a different reason for re-using materials, they are all adept at rethinking ways to make completely different objects. Re:Design may be a glimpse into the futureof design: Instead of relentlessly producing something new, with all the inherent environmentalcosts, designers can creatively engage with existing materials to add beauty, style, and functionality to our daily lives.