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MATERIAL

AMERICAN HARD MAPLE 

YEAR 

 

2021

DESIGNER 

MIMINAT SHODEINDE 

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HANDMADE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM BY BENCHMARK

HOWARD DESK (2021)

THE PANDEMIC WORLD IS ALL ABOUT NEWNESS, OBSERVES SHODEINDE: NEW DANGERS, AND NEW WAYS OF INTERACTING, LIVING AND WORKING. ‘IN DESIGNING FURNITURE FOR THIS NEW PARADIGM,’ SHE SAYS, ‘WE SHOULD LEAN INTO THE FAMILIAR AND THE COMFORTING. WE SHOULD SEEK FREEDOM, CONNECTION, STABILITY AND STRENGTH.’ THESE QUALITIES ARE TO BE FOUND IN HER DESIGN: A SOLID DESK WHOSE LIGHT FORMS CONTRAST WITH THE RIGOROUS CONSTRUCTION AND WEIGHT OF THE WOOD. THE DESIGNER LOOKED TO A VAST POOL OF CULTURAL REFERENCES, FROM THE COMPOSITIONS OF BRITISH SCULPTOR BARBARA HEPWORTH TO THE MODERNIST ARCHITECTURE OF LINA BO BARDI, AND THE AERODYNAMICS OF FLIGHT (PILOT HOWARD HUGHES INSPIRED THE NAME OF THE PIECE). THESE INFLUENCES CONVERGED INTO A SINUOUS SILHOUETTE, A DESIGN THAT CHALLENGES THE FAMILIAR BUT ALSO OFFERS A SENSE OF SAFETY.

CURRENTLY SHOWCASING AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM LONDON TILL 10TH OCTOBER 2021

224-238 KENSINGTON HIGH STREET, LONDON, W8 6AG

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