Joseph Ellwood, founding father of Six Dots Design, has all the time been serious about making. ‘I obtained my first noticed after I was 4, and have been making stuff in my dad and mom’ storage ever since,’ the 24-year-old designer and artist tells Wallpaper*. ‘Once I was 14, I purchased an inexpensive welder off eBay with Christmas and birthday cash. My dad panicked and acquired all the security gear to go together with it.’
Ellwood’s experiments have resulted in a variety of merchandise, from a go-kart to a lamp, however he’s most smitten by furnishings – a ardour that he found whereas working for architect and cabinetmaker John Griffith. ‘We might present up on website, pour the concrete, make the structural panel, but additionally make the superb furnishings inside, which I notably fell in love with.’
The expertise impressed Ellwood to provide his personal furnishings, which he would submit on Instagram. What started as a ardour mission shortly turned a conduit for commissions, which led him to arrange Six Dots Design in 2020. ‘We consider that good design not solely fulfils its express function, however serves as fixed inspiration to these round it,’ states the studio’s motto.
‘Up to date Vainness’ assortment by Six Dots Design
Six Dots Design’s inaugural furnishings assortment, ‘Up to date Vainness’, launched in London in July 2022. The 5 piece assortment features a trifold mirror, a chair, a dangling rail, a desk, and a modesty display. That includes whimsical, wobbly varieties and sincere development strategies (screws are intentionally left seen, and a few parts merely slot collectively), the gathering ponders what it means to replicate one’s identification by means of surrounding objects.
‘There are numerous midcentury, modernist and minimalist items proper now, however does that basically symbolize us and who we need to be as a era?’ asks Ellwood, who proposes a extra expressive aesthetic that acknowledges fluid identities.
He was impressed by Tom Dixon’s work with Hydro to create this assortment in raw-finish aluminium, which will be simply reused and recycled. Every factor within the assortment has been laser-cut utilizing a digital fabrication service. ‘I didn’t need my work to solely be accessible to individuals of a sure degree of wealth,’ he explains. ‘So I exploit a community of many alternative producers, making the most of in any other case unutilised time on their machines. This permits them to provide me a greater worth.’
‘Up to date Vanities’ has already drawn the eye of German baggage label Rimowa, which commissioned Ellwood to create an art work for its travelling exhibition ‘As Seen By’, curated in partnership with Paris-based artwork collective The Group. (Its members have included Mario Tsai, Kwangho Lee and Objects of Widespread Curiosity) Ellwood’s contribution, ‘Up to date Suitcase’, interpreted the Rimowa cabin case – identified for its rigorous geometry – as a bent kind.
‘The mission was about taking current varieties and aesthetics, and twisting and distorting them into one thing new,’ explains Ellwood, who sculpted the case out of clay, solid it in plaster, after which recast it in fibreglass. ‘Up to date Suitcase’ was unveiled in Berlin in mid-November, and even made an look within the Instagram tales of Roger Federer, who got here to the exhibition opening.
Ellwood is now including new items to his ‘Up to date Vainness’ assortment, in addition to engaged on a chair for London life-style retailer Provision, and a few personal industrial tasks (he mentions on his web site that he welcomes ‘new, difficult and weird commissions’). He’s additionally creating new supplies and materials practices that he’s eager to implement in his furnishings output, all whereas finishing his MA in structure on the Royal Faculty of Artwork.
In the long term, he hopes Six Dots Design will stay ‘a London-based small manufacturing, creating technically progressive on a regular basis objects which can be accessible to as many individuals as potential, and as lovely and well-crafted as potential’.
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