Designer ~ Caster
Over the last fifty years concrete has shifted from being largely seen as a building material to a more versatile one – a material that has plasticity and one that can be cast and moulded into objects of everyday use. It is from within this perspective that I have explored what concrete offers, both aesthetically and materially, in the domain of furniture and object design.
The initial intention of this project was to demonstrate the method of thinking through making. As a designer, I am inspired by a progressive iteration and experimentation, which assists the subtle and often elusive processes of detailing and refinement. Over my design studies, I have found this cyclical method of making thinking refining and making, to be the most authentic and meaningful for me, one I wish to keep exploring. The subsequent focus of the study shifted, to explore the nature and the possibilities of concrete, by experimenting with the material, to discover through direct experience, its capabilities, limitations, and potential within the fields of design.
The bulk of the research was in the process of experimentation and the material trials. Moreover, the driving influence over this journey has been the actual design process – working with a keen attention to detail, exploration of structure, and a commitment to a minimal design aesthetic. From this I have generated both the design and material knowledge that forms a foundation on which I will base my future design practice.