Arcade Collection #01

Arcade is a collection of unique & limited-edition design objects, created by leading artists & designers, commissioned by Relay Design Agency, London.

For Arcade Collection #01, Relay is delighted to present exclusive new works by Attua Aparicio, Robin Grasby, HAHA Studio, Richard Healy, Jochen Holz and Silo Studio.

The focus of Arcade Collection’s selected artists was the independent craftsperson. Here the individual interprets their surroundings through the lens of the studio, harnessing technology to push the boundaries of craft, developing originality in material, process and application.

Collectively the resulting works, although all produced independently, focus on the surface tensions of material production. Often the methods utilised co-opt the processes of industrial mass-production and appropriate this language into the artist’s studio. The results of these shifts are works whose focus lie in penetrating the depth and complexity of the material’s surface.

Interestingly, themes start to appear in the group, whether that be the oxidised and anodised metal productions of HAHA Studio and Silo Studio, respectively, whose stripped-back forms frame the resulting richness of their finishes. These stand in counterpoint to Richard Healy, who conceals his slick lilac metal surfaces by suspending them in cast concrete. Robin Grasby also explores suspended forms with his carefully selected marble waste cast into a unique dining table completed with glass table top.

The myriad applications of glass production can also be seen in the work of Attua Aparico whose newly completed ceramic works experiment with the introduction of glass into the kiln processes that fire her forms. So too in the new work by glass-blower Jochen Holz, who continues his exploration of sculptural lighting. Here, Holz has chosen to use the invitation from Relay to produce his first ever mirror work - further pushing the limits of glass and the brilliance of its surface.


The Arcade Collecton is a project by Relay Design Agency, part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle during the London Design Festival 2019

14 - 22 September 2019

7 Club Row, Shoreditch, London E1 6JX (Google map)

(Mon- Fri 11 - 6pm / Sat - Sun 11 - 4pm)

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The Arcade Collection performs as a commissioning platform, showcasing unique & limited edition design products. The collection has a strong focus on experimentation, allowing artists and designers space to produce work outside of their regular remit. The only adherence is that all pieces, be they an item of furniture, lighting or an object, must have a perceivable function.
— Neil Walsh, Managing Director - Relay Design Agency

Artist and designer’s biographies

Silo Studio  is the collaboration of Attua Aparicio and Oscar Lessing, who formed the partnership while studying at the Royal College of Art. Silo focuses on finding new ways of making, searching the potential of materials and processes, often finding inspiration in industry. Their main driving force is to inspire people to make more and to get excited about making.   www.silostudio.net

Silo Studio is the collaboration of Attua Aparicio and Oscar Lessing, who formed the partnership while studying at the Royal College of Art. Silo focuses on finding new ways of making, searching the potential of materials and processes, often finding inspiration in industry. Their main driving force is to inspire people to make more and to get excited about making.

www.silostudio.net

Robin Grasby  is a London based designer. Under the name  Altrock  Grasby specialises in furniture and surface design, creating materials he describes as “beautifully chaotic”.   www.altrocksurfaces.com

Robin Grasby is a London based designer. Under the name Altrock Grasby specialises in furniture and surface design, creating materials he describes as “beautifully chaotic”.

www.altrocksurfaces.com

HAHA studio  is the Stockholm based design practice founded by Arash Eskafi and Yujin Chiang in 2015. Hailing from different cultures— Scandinavia and East Asia— the studio is in constant search of what can be understood by all of us, like laughter. HAHA relies on fundamental shapes, choice materials, and universal truths to design their iconic work. To create objects that all of us have an instinctive response to, HAHA works hand in hand with craftspeople in Sweden and Taiwan. The practice designs lighting fixtures, accessories, limited editions, and undertakes regular collaborations in interior architecture.   www.hahastudio.se

HAHA studio is the Stockholm based design practice founded by Arash Eskafi and Yujin Chiang in 2015. Hailing from different cultures— Scandinavia and East Asia— the studio is in constant search of what can be understood by all of us, like laughter. HAHA relies on fundamental shapes, choice materials, and universal truths to design their iconic work. To create objects that all of us have an instinctive response to, HAHA works hand in hand with craftspeople in Sweden and Taiwan. The practice designs lighting fixtures, accessories, limited editions, and undertakes regular collaborations in interior architecture.

www.hahastudio.se

Richard Healy  is a London based artist and graduate of the Royal College of Art. He is represented by Tenderpixel London and Marian Cramer Projects Amsterdam. Recent exhibitions include the London Open at Whitechapel Gallery, Lubricants & Literature at Tenderpixel London and Zodiac Beach at LHHR Berlin.   www.richard-healy.co.uk

Richard Healy is a London based artist and graduate of the Royal College of Art. He is represented by Tenderpixel London and Marian Cramer Projects Amsterdam. Recent exhibitions include the London Open at Whitechapel Gallery, Lubricants & Literature at Tenderpixel London and Zodiac Beach at LHHR Berlin.

www.richard-healy.co.uk

Jochen Holz  is a London based glass artist whose innovative employment of lampworking – a form of glassblowing used primarily to make scientific equipment – is repurposed to create innovative and original artworks. Through extensive practice, Holz has developed a distinct language in his craft, whether that be unique textured surfaces, molten finishes or sculptural neon constructions.   www.jochenholz.com

Jochen Holz is a London based glass artist whose innovative employment of lampworking – a form of glassblowing used primarily to make scientific equipment – is repurposed to create innovative and original artworks. Through extensive practice, Holz has developed a distinct language in his craft, whether that be unique textured surfaces, molten finishes or sculptural neon constructions.

www.jochenholz.com