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David Gates
Craftsense - Resource Room furniture


Bilston Craft Gallery
Bilston, West Midlands

June 6, 2004

a range of furniture including table, benches, chairs and desks
collaborator: Helen Carnac

This range of furniture is made from English oak and birch ply with vitreous enamel panels designed by Helen Carnac.

This collaborative multiple-output furniture research project explored site and locale specificity; the nature of human interaction with the made artefact through themes of explicated structure and construction; the tactile nature of material and it’s enrichment of encounter; the nature and condition of practitioner communication and action during collaboration.

Contemporary and historic geo-industrial resonances were explored through referencing enamel as an industrial/craft process in Bilston and Battersea and the referencing of furniture typologies and drawn landscapes evidenced at locations between the site and point of making.

photo: Edward Barber

The work investigates design as inclusively experienced object across varied user groups, through the use and exploration of "non-standard" sightlines and viewing situations.

Completed in situ at the Craft Gallery, the design forms part of the permanent handling Craftsense collection at the gallery and is in daily use as working furniture.

This project is part of ongoing work examining practitioner language, communication and the place of craft in contemporary culture.

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