This weekend I paid a visit to the Martino Gamper exhibition at Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. They invited the influential Italian designer to curate a new exhibition which he titled ‘design is a state of mind’, where he presented a landscape of shelving systems, telling the story of design objects and their impact on our lives. I found the eclectic mix of objects intriguing. Some were functional, such as pots and pans, and others more personal, quirky and characterful knick-knacks that any one of us might have amassed. It made me think about how we gather and collect such goods, how they travel with us and tell a story. On the flip side I pondered the furniture we own and the nature of shelving in-particular. What’s its intended purpose and how do we use these pieces to showcase what we’ve gathered to the world?
Although the shelving at this exhibition included an array of classic design, they did all have one thing in common, they enhanced whatever was on them and didn’t detract from their presence. The crafted goods, what I would call the origins of a 3D product, and the mass produced nature of the shelving led to a slightly weird but intriguing juxtaposition. One designer that it did make me think of at the time was the work of Terence Woodgate. These furniture solutions that I’m highlighting today, designed by Terence Woodgate for Spanish manufacturer Punt, are both effective and efficient.
Terrence, an Industrial Designer who works from his studio in East Sussex, England, specialises in furniture and lighting design. He’s held in high regard for his minimalistic design which fits a contemporary setting. I’m particularly fond of his attention to detail and the idea that everything has a specific function, it seems to me that his goal is to explore subtraction rather than addition. Although a fairly well-known designer, I’m refreshed by his commitment and attitude towards design. He’s stuck with his ethos and hasn’t wavered too much, through this he’s achieved the ultimate in reduction. Hopefully you enjoy these photos of his work and will head over to website to see and learn more.