Saturday, 18 July 2009
TOM PRICE series of chairs created using the same technique with different materials.
The first 2 chairs up here (the Fleece chairs) are part of a series commissioned by Arts Co for the exhibition, 'From Now to Eternity', and are made exclusively from discarded polyester fleece clothing.
The seat area is created by placing layers of polyester clothing onto a hot steel seat-shaped former. As it heats, the fabric begins to melt, exposing and integrating colours and patterns of the various layers. When cooled the surface is transformed into a rigid, shiny, colourful display of dissolved pattern and colour.
From Now To Eternity is a celebration of and debate around design, with a focus on one material: plastic.
Plastic is with us virtually from now to eternity: impervious to bacteria, acid, salt, rust, breakage and, in some cases, able to withstand heat, plastic is something of a miracle substance. One hundred years ago, when it was first invented, no one could have anticipated that plastic would present one of our biggest recycling challenges.
Pioneering arts consultancy Arts Co commissioned eight leading contemporary designers and design collectives to celebrate plastic through their work and look at ways to re-think our growing mountains of discarded waste.
The designers in the exhibition show how plastic’s versatility - transparent or opaque, hard or pliant, able to take on a myriad of colours and forms – can serve their creativity. The designers are Committee, FAT, Hiroko Shiratori, Raw Edges, Rolf Sachs, Stuart Haygarth, Tom Price and Tomoko Azumi.
Born in London, 1973.
- 2005-2007: MA Royal College of Art
- 2002-2004: HND Furniture Design & Realisation at London Metropolitan University
- 1993-1996: BA (hons) Fine Art: Sculpture at Bath College of Higher Education,
- 2004: Boss Design Mentoring Award.
- 2004: Peter Walker Award for Innovation in Furniture Design.
- 2005: Finalist: BIDA Awards
- 2005: Finalist: Design & Decoration Awards
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