A good balance between craft and industry is fundamental to sustainable design. In order to reevaluate the reciprocity between these two variables, "design-thinker" Gabriele Pezzini curated Craft & Industry at Liege's Reciprocity Design Biennale (Belgium), an exhibit which surveys the human attitude towards "producing stuff". Filled with classic, big-name brands including Alessi, Apple, Dyson, Piet Heink Eek, Kartell, Muji, Tom Dixon, Vitra and more, this was a study in sustainability not to be missed.
Tom Dixon‘s “Beat Light Fat” lampes are inspired by traditional brass cooking pots. The pieces have been batted into shape by hand by northern Indian craftsmen, and are 30% industry and 70% craft.
Matthias Ferwagner’s “Minimato” is a no-glue-no-screws system that is easy to produce. Together with an untreated walnut top , the table is 37% industry and 63% craft work.
“Kelvin” by Antonio Citterio & T. Nguyen (produced by Flos) is a recyclable aluminum and steel lamp with shining LEDs. It is made using 87% industry and 13% craft.
The classic “Dyson Air Multiplier” table fan combines 92% of industrial and 8% of craft to create an innovative, energy-efficient refresher.
Japanese designer Shigeo Mashiro presented his biodegradable hand-made “Bud”, a series of stackable bowls made from milled magnolia. The set measures the use of 32% industry and 68% craft.
A lovely exhibition divided in three — one part filled with these grand examples, another part with post-war Japanese aluminum objects from a private collection and a fabrication process film — the Craft & Industry exhibition inspires everyone to re-think design.
The showroom will be open until the 28th of October — check it out if you are in Liege.
Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat