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Reciprocity 2015

A Venus emerges from feathers, respiration and distortion.

For the first Design Exquis exhibition in Belgium, we are bringing the projects originally created for the Clerkenwell Design Week on London.

Inspired by the surrealist technique known as Exquisite Corpse or Cadavre Exquis, the new exhibition welcomes design studio Plant & Moss and designers Dominic Wilcox, Georg Oehler and Matthew Plummer-Fernandez. Each of them has accepted the challenge of creating an original object in only one month.

The collision of four very different universes has created a fascinating chain of ideas where medical instruments, humour, the hijacking of objects, feathers, rubber, 3D-printing and a lung shaped lamp meet in the same space.

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Stethoscope

Presented with a stethoscope, Plant & Moss conceived the idea of creating a light inspired by the human lung and the movement of respiration.

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Breathe by Plant&Moss

Their final design in turn inspired Dominic Wilcox to redefine the use of the ubiquitous light bulb socket, eventually applying it to vintage radios.

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Sound bulbs by Dominic Wilcox

The handle and the cap of Wilcox’s unusual radio inspired Georg Oehler to make a portable chest which, when ajar, surprises us by revealing soft light filtered through feathers.

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Nagoire light box by Georg Œhler

Finally, exposed to Google’s image matching program, the feathered light was extrapolated by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez into abstract 3D printed objects, similar in colour or shape; one of them being the ‘Venus of Google’.
The objects are exhibited alongside written and visual explanations of the process by which they were conceived, showing how each designer went from the object received to the one created.

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Venus of Google by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

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