MAL THOMAS DESIGN email@example.com
I trained in England in 3D design, specialising in furniture design. I went on to do a Masters where I enjoyed learning further how to ‘make’. After settling in Australia and working in the design of interiors, I discovered the practice of exhibition design. It’s an area of design where a diversity of different disciplines and expertise create something greater than its parts. I compliment this area of my life with furniture design/prototyping; here I have control and can pursue lines of thought, in a similar way that I like to imagine, sculptors do.
My approach differs from design to design. There are underlying themes such as the repeat use of a design motif or element, the randomness of shapes and layers that eventuate and that (I hope) provide some visual and emotional meaning or appreciation when discovered. It’s important to me that generally there is an overall conceptual rationale. The making process is also an important one as it will heavily influence the overall aesthetic. Once established, this then becomes something to measure how successful or resolved the design has become against the initial idea.
I like the idea of creating something that requires the viewer or user to make a momentary readjustment. This may be the views changing as they walk around it or to the elements of my work being at angles. I think it’s important to try and challenge established conventions and to create inquiry.
DESIGNS BEHIND THE DESIGN
FLAP BOWL evolved from my fascination with creating a container by using a ‘folding’ method. It consists of two almost identical parts that start flat. The parts are folded to form ‘U shapes’. By rotating one part 90 degrees and fixing it to the bottom part, containment is achieved. The same holes secure the feet as well as joining the two parts together.
FLAP BOWL is the result of looking at production and how it influences my aesthetics. The sides of the piece deliberately angle out to allow glimpses of what lies within, which I think gives it a sensuality. The version of the FLAP BOWL that appears in the photograph is made from 5mm thick acrylic. My intention is to produce versions in plywood, cardboard and aluminium. The plywood/cardboard options provide the most sustainable qualities. By making FLAP BOWL in 2 parts there is a material saving/efficiency in material usage. Wastage is kept lower. I am sourcing the bowl’s “feet” that are made of rubber, which from an environmental perspective is greener than that of plated brass.
Colebrook Bosson Saunders kindly supports MTD