Sardine Collector’s Cabinet by Michael Marriot

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Sardine Collector's Cabinet
Cabinet by Michael Marriot

Sardine Collector’s Cabinet

  • Designer: Michael Marriot
  • Material: MDF, sardine tins, wing nuts
  • Manufacturer: Space UK, London England

In 1996 the Crafts Council in London put on an exhibition called “Recycling: Forms for The Next Century”. The show investigated the rising interest in an alternative design, material reuse, and the search for a design future that took environmental concerns and less aggressive use of raw materials into account, as the title suggests. Michael Marriott, a graduate of the Royal College of Art’s furniture department, whose unusual and amusing pieces piqued people’s interest, was featured in this exhibition. His cabinet was made out of medium-density fibreboard, and the drawers were made out of sardine cans. This humorous, simple, and elegant approach proposed a different design agenda, harkening back to Victor Papanek and the Whole Earth Catalogue in the 1960s.

Marriott made use of the tradition of discovered items in his work. He saw a civilisation with many unused resources and realised that he could use materials with exciting properties. Found materials, in his opinion, created not just lovely accidental effects but also generated familiarity with the piece. So far, a table made from an old oil drum, castors, and a chipboard top, as well as a wall light made from a classic glass lemon squeezer, plywood, and shelf brackets, have been created.

Sources

McDermott, C. (2011). Modern design: Classics of our time. Carlton Books.

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    From 1977 to 1983, he worked as the chief editor of the design magazine Modo and as a consultant for the fashion magazine Donna. She designed interiors for Driade, Gianfranco Ferré, Montres and GFF Duty Free, Fontana Arte, Granciclismo sports machines, and Morassutti/Metropolis, as well as serving as an image and product consultant for the Croff/Rinascente chain. Read More →

  • Zaha Hadid (1950 – 2016) architect, artist and designer

    Zaha Hadid (1950 – 2016)  architect, artist and designer

    She was described by The Guardian as the “Queen of the curve”,who “liberated architectural geometry, giving it a whole new expressive identity”Read More →

  • Formes Utiles – French Organisation and Exhibitions

    Formes Utiles – French Organisation and Exhibitions

    In 1949, Formes Utiles became an independent association of UAM (Union des Artistes Modernes) through the influence of René Herbst and Charlotte Perriand and its first exhibition held at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Its theoretician was architect André Hermant.Read More →

  • Mario Botta (b.1943) Swiss Architect and Designer

    Mario Botta (b.1943) Swiss Architect and Designer

    While the space arrangements in this structure are inconsistent, its relationship to its site, separation of living from service spaces, and deep window recesses echo his stark, robust and towering style. Read More →

  • Clément Mère (1861 – 1940) French painter, tabletier, designer and furniture maker

    Clément Mère (1861 – 1940) French painter, tabletier, designer and furniture maker

    Clément Mère was born in Bayonne and active in Paris. He was a French painter, table-builder, artist and furniture builder. He studied painting with Jean-Léon Gérôme at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.Read More →

  • Ulla Forsell (b.1944) Swedish Glassware Designer

    Ulla Forsell (b.1944) Swedish Glassware Designer

    Ulla Forsell was born in 1944 and studied at the College of Art and DesignRead More →

  • Flos Italian Lighting Manufacturer

    Flos Italian Lighting Manufacturer

    Dino Gavina established the lighting firm Flos in 1962 to complement his furniture manufacturing at Gavina. In Merano, at first, it moved to the Brescia area. Maria Sinoncini and Cesare Cassina were directors, followed by Sergio Gandini. Read More →

  • Frank Brangwyn (1867 – 1956) British Artist and Designer

    Frank Brangwyn (1867 – 1956) British Artist and Designer

    From 1882, through his friendship with Arthur H. Mackmurdo, he worked as a draftsman and designed tapestries for William Morris; in 1885, he rented a studio and showed his work for the first time at the Royal Academy; in 1895, he executed murals for the entrance of and a frieze in Siegfried Bing’s shop L’Art Nouveau, ParisRead More →

  • William Merritt Chase (1849 – 1916) American Artist and Teacher

    William Merritt Chase (1849 – 1916) American Artist and Teacher

    He settled in New York in 1878; subsequently, he taught at Art Students’ League, New York, in 1896. He established the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (sometimes referred to as Chase School of Art). Read More →

  • Franz Schuster (1892 – 1976) Austrian Furniture Manufacturer

    Franz Schuster (1892 – 1976) Austrian Furniture Manufacturer

    He was active in Vienna from the 1910s. As part of a municipal program to construct workers’ homes after World War I, he designed a small row in the Viennese suburb Laaer Berg. At this time, he also produced his modular stacking furniture.Read More →

  • Trude Petri-Rabin (1906 – 1989) German Ceramicist

    Trude Petri-Rabin (1906 – 1989) German Ceramicist

    From 1927 she studied porcelain at Verinigdten Staatsshulen für freie und angewandte Kunst (United State Schools for Free and Applied Arts), Berlin, and Staatliche Porzellan-Manufakture, Berlin (Royal Porcelain Factory, Berlin).Read More →

  • Henri Vever (1854 – 1942) collector of Ukiyo-e

    Henri Vever (1854 – 1942) collector of Ukiyo-e

    Vever had acquired a collection of thousands of fine ukiyo-e prints by the early twentieth century. Vever’s collection was so well-regarded that the authors of some of the first European scholarly publications on ukiyo-e relied heavily on it for most of their actual print researchRead More →

  • ‘Exposition Universelle’ Paris 1900

    ‘Exposition Universelle’ Paris 1900

    The Exposition Universelle of 1900, better known in English as the 1900 Paris Exposition, was a world’s fair held in Paris, France, from 14 April to 12 November 1900, to celebrate the achievements of the past century and to accelerate development into the next. It was held at the esplanade of Les Invalides, the Champ de Mars, the Trocadéro and at the banks of the Seine between them, with an additional section in the Bois de Vincennes, and it was visited by more than 50 million people. Read More →

  • Charles Burchfield his early watercolours

    Charles Burchfield his early watercolours

    Burchfield was pegged, to some degree, as a regionalist; however, he was working with his personal form of realism.  He rejected the regionalist moniker; instead, he viewed himself as an American artist.Read More →

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