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Designers exist solely via the simple structure of crisis in which solutions, manipulations and incarnations counterbalance perpetual problems, challenges and obstacles.

We are the mediators of fact that regurgitate inarticulate laboratory knowledge into legible three-dimensional translations.

The majority of ‘designers’ are not inventors or innovators, they are alchemists, perpetually searching for a means to create gold from the bare bones of science. Designers appropriate scientific fact and mediate this immaterial knowledge in such a way as it can perform a practical function to both the ‘user’ and big business.

We represent the lens of elucidation through which science and technology are simultaneously projected back onto the human body.

P  E  R  P  E  T  U  A  L   C  R  I  S  I  S

How Can we turn a crisis into a positive opportunity?
The best way is to create a 'domino effect' or perpetual state of crisis.
By instinctively solving one crisis, your resolution could, in turn create the next emergency situation that needs to be rectified.
This takes the refined decision making process of "what to design next?" out of your hands, leaving you unprejudiced and more perceptually aware.

O  B  S  O  L  E  S  C  E  N  C  E

Rather than manufacturing in crisis with "Planned Obsolescence," I want to design for manufacture that is considered obsolete.

George Fereday

George Fereday
/////////////////Royal College of Art, Design Products, Platform 10


Crisis Shop - Sold Out!

Crisis Shop - Sold Out!
22nd - 27th April @ Milan Salone Furniture Fair 2009

Crisis Shop featured in.....

Monday, 26 October 2009

We have been imagining the city with Zero Energy. What would we make? how would we make it? and how would our lives change?
I wanted to look specifically at the use of unfired London Clay. Having seen vinyl extrusions I was keen to try to extrude London clay into shapes for construction in an energy depleted city.

Historically brick making using the city's rich supplies of clay thrived in areas such as 'Brick Lane' since the 15th century.
Historically the volume of foundations cut out for a new house would have been sent off to make the 'london bricks' that would have built the house. I love this symbiotic relationship between local waste and re-use.

I went to the RIBA Library to research extrusion-like construction techniques.
These include the CINVA Ram for local brick making (video below), and soil filled bags that are compounded into strips and laid one on top of the other.

Dig from one end... Extrude from the other


Anish Kapoor Extrusions, Royal Academy, London.

Anish Kapoor Extrusions, Royal Academy, London, 2009

Anish Kapoor Extrusions, Royal Academy, London, 2009

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It would be nice to be able to extrude structures and shapes without a mould. To be able to have a hand held extrusion device that extrudes material you could direct in the same way icing is built up on a cake.

An example by Tom Dixon :
“Extruded” chair, 2007
Extruded PETG plastic. 32 1/2 in. (82.6 cm.) high Hand-made by Tom Dixon, UK. Number two from an edition of 12. 
Source : http://www.chairblog.eu/category/chair-designer/tom-dixon/