On the road to LDF – Interview with Charlotte Kidger

On the road to LDF – Interview with Charlotte Kidger

Claire Lescot · 6 years ago · Design

Plastic is a material as fascinating as polluting. For this reason, during the London Design Festival, 4 young emerging designers were chosen to find design solutions to avoid waste and reuse the material in the best possible way for the environment.

We decided to meet Charlotte Kidger with a Master’s degree in Material Futures at Central Saint Martins who told us about Industrial Craft, a project focused on the reuse and versatility of expanded polyurethane powder. The scraps, deriving from industrial processes, are mixed with resin in a ratio of 70/30, cold fused and used for the creation of sculptural and functional objects with irregular shapes and stratified colors.

Get to grips with this new material at the London Design Fair which brings together 550 exhibitors from 36 countries from 20 to 23 September in the creative heart of East London

What is your background?

I studied BA Printed Textiles & Surface Design at Leeds Arts University and then went on to work in CMF Design for various companies before going back to University to study MA Material Futures at Central St Martins

When did you realise that you wanted to become a material designer?

I knew early on during my BA that I wanted to work with materials in a very hands-on and experimental way. I was always drawn to working with unconventional materials where I could push the boundaries beyond what was expected from traditional textiles. I began my experience within different CMF (color, material and finish) roles, this helped broaden my knowledge of how vital the role of materials are within the design industry. It was during this time that I realized I wanted to push further and work with materials in a more sustainable approach. From this, I went on to study MA Material Futures where my current project began

Tell us more about the project you will present this year at LDF

My graduating project Industrial Craft is a material led a project that focuses on the utilization and repurposing of waste Polyurethane Foam dust from CNC fabrication companies. Treating the PU dust as a new form of raw material I have not only diverted from landfill and incineration but also shown a solution and beauty to how the material can be utilized and crafted with. Creating a composite material I have used cold-casting techniques to cast into one-off sculptural forms and objects that best highlight the qualities of the materials. The colors have been achieved through pigmentation during the casting process and were created to achieve a luxurious and rich finish. Each piece is unique through its coloring and layering and has a zero-waste process that aims to encapsulate a previously problematic material within a form that represents longevity and desire. Some of my experiments on can be seen during LDF so keep and eye out!

Parts of Industrial Craft will be presented as part of the Material of the Year exhibition: Plastic with London Design Fair. I am very honored and excited to have been selected as one of four designers to represent this year beloved material, plastic. It will be a great opportunity to discuss the project further and continue raising awareness on how designers can harvest and utilize waste materials

What inspired you?

I spent a lot of time researching and visiting various industrial estates in the search for material waste streams that I could potentially work with. The bold forms seen within my collection have been inspired, if not made from artifacts found within the environments I collected the material from. I have also always been very inspired by minimalist architecture for its basic geometric forms and simple choice of materials

Can we say that you promote sustainability?

I wouldn’t outright say I promote sustainability but I definitely believe I touch on certain elements of it or at least raise awareness to work with materials in a more sustainable way. By viewing the Polyurethane Foam dust I work with as a secondary raw material and utilizing the abundant source that is available provides the first step in a sustainable approach to working with industrial waste materials. Diverting the material from incineration and landfill helps to suggest that it is possible to repurpose materials that already surround us.

According to your point of view, ‘What to see’ and ” Place to be ” during the London Design Week

This is hard as there is so much great stuff to see! I would have to say the “place to be” for me is always Shoreditch Design Triangle, there is always a great atmosphere and it definitely feels like it explores a diverse range of themes. You can see everything from design-led furnishing to talks and installations on hydrophobic farms. My “what to see” this year would definitely be the London Design Biennale: Emotional States at Somerset House. The last time we hosted the Biennale in 2016 is was one not to be missed so I have no doubt this year will follow in suit. This year it explores some of the biggest questions and ideas we are currently facing including pollution, sustainability and migration to name a few. Other than that I would have to say try and be everywhere and anywhere during London Design Week and absorb as much as you possible. can

Which personalities in the design world inspire you the most?

My most influential personalities would have to be Faye Toogood, Studio Furthermore and Fernando Mastrangelo. I have always referenced Faye Toogood within my research for her distinctive approach to materiality and experimentation when it comes to sculpture and objects. The handmade element to her work resonates with the rawness and irregularity I seek within my own practice. Studio Furthermore is a more recent duo that has inspired me through there craft-centric approach to design methods and research. Their design practice is a great example of process-driven making. And Fernando Mastrangelo (FM/S Studio) for his experimental sculptural objects cast in simple yet striking forms from a whole range of materials. I have followed the work of Mastrangelo for quite a few years now, what inspires me most is his consistency towards form, content and materials

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Has food truly conquered us?

Has food truly conquered us?

Anna Frattini · 2 months ago · Photography

Over the past year, the internet seems to be obsessed with food culture, fueling a trend that is now evident even in the world of visual culture. From the Tomato Girl Summer, which many mock retrospectively, to the foodie fashion girlies, Balenciaga’s collaboration with Erewhon, and the massive success of The Bear. Food appears to be experiencing a rebirth, but in the worlds of art, photography, and design, it has always been present. Is this just a passing trend, or is it the glorification of an element that has always been part of our lives?

Un’illustrazione di Maisy Summer

From Tomato Girl Summer to the pomegranate

It was only in 2020, with lockdown recipes—does anyone remember Dalgona Coffe?—that so much talk about food emerged. On TikTok, @wishbonekitchen made us dream by showing us her life as a private chef in the Hamptons this summer. Unforgettable were her Heirloom Tomato Gallette and the garden where she harvested fruits, vegetables, and herbs. In 2023, it seems to have been the summer of food not only with the release of the second season of The Bear but also with Tomato Girl Summer. On the other hand, according to Danielle Cohen on The Cut, it now seems to be the time of the pomegranate.

 
 
 
 
 
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Thanks to its shape and the vivid red that characterizes it, this fruit is widely recognized as a symbol of fertility in many parts of the world. But not only that, we find the pomegranate in mythology, art history, and, according to Cohen, even in the Torah. In short, fruits and vegetables seem to be largely protagonists of this rebirth, so we have collected some works and photographs by artists and photographers we have talked about in the past and more.

Browsing through our archives, we remembered Michael Crichton‘s photos and his photographic series, Conceptual Food, as well as Dan Bannino, who many years ago narrated the eating habits of the powerful. But there is also Stephanie Sarley, an artist who, with fruit fingering, challenged the way the art world has represented the female reproductive organ throughout its history.

 
 
 
 
 
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Why it seems not to be just a passing trend

The success of food in visual culture can be attributed to its tangible communicative power. We see and experience the colors and textures of food daily, all evocative elements of memories that we have been collecting forever. In conclusion, we can only wonder which will be the next fruit to receive all this attention, already dedicated to tomatoes and pomegranates, even before avocados and bananas.

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Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Anna Frattini · 2 months ago · Photography

29 ARTS IN PROGRESS recently showcased Michel Haddi: Beyond Fashion, a photographic exhibition dedicated to the Franco-Algerian photographer, marking his first solo exhibition in Milan. Starting from January 16, the second chapter of this exhibition opens, featuring unconventional shots infused with a street and urban soul. Additionally, there are elements of irony and sensuality that highlight Haddi’s complex personality.

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© Michel Haddi – Debbie Harry, British Vogue, London, 1994 | Courtesy of 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery

In this second chapter, nude shots and unpublished works by Michel Haddi are presented, stemming from advertising campaigns he personally captured. The displayed photographs capture the spirit of their time, thanks to influential figures such as John Galliano or Patsy Kensit, who have played pivotal roles in the realms of fashion, cinema, and music.

Michel Haddi has the ability to portray his subjects with both irony and depth, and each of his shots tells a unique story. His life, marked by a turbulent start, has nevertheless propelled him to become one of the leading fashion photographers from the 1990s to the present day.

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Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography

Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography

Collater.al Contributors · 1 month ago · Photography

A few weeks ago, the Huxley-Parlour gallery in London announced the new exhibition by Joel Meyerowitz, which opened on January 17th. We couldn’t help but talk about him, the American photographer born in New York in 1938, famous for his street photography, and recognized as one of the pioneers of color photography. The London exhibition, titled “Dialogues,” highlights this aspect effectively. Pairs of photographs engage in a dialogue concerning light, color, and composition. The pairings are chosen to investigate the development of color in the artist’s work, set within non-hierarchical and unresolved compositions.

The exhibition in London

Meyerowitz’s imagery blends a distinctly American aesthetic with a meditative approach to color. Spanning from 1964 to 2011, the exhibition at Huxley-Parlour reveals Meyerowitz’s enduring interest in the sensory and evocative experiences of his surroundings. Paired with lesser-known images from the artist’s extensive archive, the exhibition features some of Meyerowitz’s most famous works, including his early street photography and images from his seminal series, Cape Light.

Joel Meyerowitz and the Color Revolution

Joel Meyerowitz is widely acknowledged as one of the first photographers, along with William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, to bring color photography from the periphery to the center of fine art photography. Historically, where black and white photography was considered a serious medium, color was widely viewed as technically inferior and aesthetically limited, relegated to advertising campaigns, television, and personal holiday photographs. In the London exhibition, it’s interesting to trace Meyerowitz’s shift from black and white to color. On display are works from “A Question of Color,” where Meyerowitz, carrying two cameras, paired black-and-white and color prints of nearly identical scenes.

Courtesy Joel Meyerowitz

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A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Photography

Not even a week ago, Alessia Glaviano – Head of Global PhotoVogue – a guest on our Spigola podcast, reminded us that it no longer matters whether you shoot with a camera or a smartphone. What matters is the intention behind the shot, not the means. We pondered deeply on this statement, and although there was initially some skepticism, we concluded that to take a true stance on the matter, we had to try it ourselves: capturing moments solely with a smartphone, but with the same attitude we would have had with a professional camera. Xiaomi provided us with the opportunity and the means.

Almost by chance, Xiaomi presented us with a challenge: to visit a distant place and attempt to capture its uniqueness using the brand-new Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G. And so began our journey, short but very intense, in Bangkok.

All the promises of this new device – which, along with four others, forms the new Redmi Note 13 Series, further enriching the brand’s Redmi Note lineup – were substantial. Starting from the battery, rechargeable to 100% in just 19 minutes with a lasting capacity of days (not hours), and of course, the camera system consisting of 3 cameras, including a main 200 MP camera, an ultra-wide-angle camera, and a macro camera.

We decided to put Xiaomi to the test in every moment spent in the Thai capital. The first stop was at the Royal Palace and the Wat Pho temple, where the goal was to capture the colors of the mosaics and decorations.

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Being one of the most touristy places in the city, we encountered many people who, like us, were fascinated by the architecture of these sacred places. The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G came to our aid in this moment as well. The smartphone is equipped with AI-based editing tools that, among other things, allow us to remove people who accidentally end up in our shots. You know those photos you see on Instagram of tourist spots always empty? Now you can have them too, effortlessly!

But a city is not only visited during the day; often, it comes to life at night, illuminated by a myriad of different lights. In our case, the lights were those of the legendary tuk-tuks, indispensable in a trip to Bangkok. In this case, the challenge was formidable: darkness, colored lights, movement. All the ingredients for a challenging shot were present.

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Not content with just the shot, we continued to play with AI tools and added a bit more movement, some stars, many stars.

When traveling, we know very well that we are not only captivated by architecture, landscape, and glimpses, but we also focus on the faces we encounter on the streets. However, we often don’t have much time to photograph them, sometimes because they move, other times because we are the ones on the move. That’s exactly what happened to us in the characteristic Thai markets, first and foremost the Floating Market.

Reviewing the photos on the return flight and at home with friends was like reliving the journey once again, leaving no detail behind.

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In Bangkok, on the occasion of the launch of the new Redmi Note 13 Series, the brand also introduced the brand-new Redmi Watch 4 and Redmi Buds 5 Pro. Visit Xiaomi’s website to discover all the features of these devices.

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Photos shot on Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G

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