DISCOVERED - WALLPAPER* X AMERICAN HARD WOOD X BENCHMARK
THE DESIGN MUSEUM, KENSINGTON HIGH STREET, LONDON
Wallpaper* and American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) present Discovered, a new project to support and promote the work of 20 next generation designers from 16 countries, in partnership with The Design Museum. Selected from Wallpaper’s annual Graduate Directories and through AHEC’s own network, the designers have worked alongside design mentors and AHEC’s global manufacturing partners to develop a new object made from a choice of three sustainable hardwoods.
Howard Desk by Mimi Shodeinde
Woods: American red oak, soft maple
The pandemic world is all about newness, observes Shodeinde: new dangers, new ways of interacting, living and working. ‘In designing furniture for this new paradigm,’ she says, ‘we should lean into the familiar, 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 contrasts with the rigorous construction and the weight of the wood. The designer looked at a vast pool of cultural references, from the compositions of British sculptor Barbara Hepworth to the modernist architectures 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.
PHAIDON- WOMAN MADE: GREAT WOMEN DESIGNERS
AUTHOR: DR JANE HALL
Mimi Shodeinde's work will be featured in an upcoming book, celebrating the best international design by Women around the world. The book has been written by Dr. Jane Hall, and it set to be released in September 2021.
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LONDON CRAFT WEEK X ROKSANDA
9 MOUNT STREET, MAYFAIR, LONDON
Exploring the themes of femininity and craftsmanship, Roksanda collaborates with two exciting female British makers for London Craft Week 2020.
British Artist and Ceramic sculptor Emily Buck brings her unique and elegant hand-built stoneware sculptures to Roksanda’s flagship store in Mayfair. Each unique stoneware sculpture is made by hand from raw materials, reinterpreting ancient forms for a modern audience and setting women and the vessel in the title role.
British Nigerian artist and designer Mimi Shodeinde introduces her fluid, functional art pieces that draw on her diverse influences and background to manipulate the use of space through both form and placement. Using a palette of material, textures and surfaces, sculptural forms are cultivated, using traditional methods of construction and craft