Two University of Brighton graduates have been tipped by one of the UK’s top furniture stores as designers of the future.
Each year Heal’s launches a collection to promote innovative work or new and emerging designs and this year’s catalogue includes works by 3D Design and Craft BA(Hons) graduates Matt Davis and Adam Fairweather (and partner Rosalie McMillan).
The ‘Heal’s Discovers 2017’ collection focuses on designs made from unconventional materials and new production processes.
Adam and Rosalie’s Smile Plastics coffee tables are made from materials including recycle plastic bottles which “transform waste material into a unique and decorative table top”.
Their ‘Smile Plastics’ was established as a materials design studio in 2015, launching at the London Design Festival with a range of panels made from recycled plastics. Often you see evidence of the history of the materials with the odd barcode or foil from the lid of a yoghurt pot immersed in the panel.
Matt’s porcelain and bone china bottles, appearing to be virtual, were made working with computers. Multiple stages of software are used to create generative models that are 3D printed and then traditionally moulded and slip cast in liquid clay creating a 21st century ceramic collection that challenges the preconceptions of technology and traditional craft.