PRESS RELEASE LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 17/9/2017
Designer Glen Baghurst creates monolithic stone table called 'The Offering' in collaboration with Kullaro. Previewed at the Swedish Design Pavilion.
Baghurst's work is also on display in two exhibitions, 'Mint Luminates' curated by Lina Kanafani and 'Cocktail Atmospheres’ curated by Matter of Stuff at Sketch.
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Kullaro previews monolithic cocktail table called 'The Offering' at Swedish Design Pavilion.
LONDON DESIGN FAIR | Swedish Design Pavilion | Stand: 10.1
Old Truman Brewery | 21–24 September 2017
The Offering, cocktail table, 2017
Limited edition 300 pieces.
This monolithic table is made from one piece of Swedish Diabase, a material prized by Japanese sculptors for its ability to achieve a rich depth of blackness.
Offering tables were used by ancient cultures to place offerings in small vessels carved into the table. This table has been created to allow you to present your own prized offerings and enjoy them in this life.
Produced by Kullaro
Designed by Glen Baghurst
Quote by Designer Glen Baghurst
“‘I met Kullaro through our participation in Den Nya Kartan where designers were paired up with craftspeople to create a 50/50 relationship where they co produce work and take it to the market together. I have adopted this model of working and have collaborations with M&E Ohlssons Klockgjuteri and Master Piano Maker, Felix Lenz. We have produced a few pieces and have been selling them in Europe, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong. I was later approached by Kullaro to create a piece of work that would effectively fit into this way of working.
As a result of cultural exchange the Japanese have had a presence in north-eastern Skåne where the stone is quarried. I found this very interesting and started looking into Japanese sculpture. I explored the work of Isamu Noguchi whose cocktail table is a design classic. I admired the way he treated the material in his sculptural work and was surprised to find out he studied under the sculptor Brancusi whose work I also appreciate. I like the repetitive form in Brancusi's work. I started this object by mirroring the bottom piece and then stretched the top piece creating direction to the object and more surface.
I have previously used stone as a weight to cantilever an object. It had a very functional and clear role in ‘The Champagne Table’. I started to work around this idea but I felt my challenge was to show off the stone’s natural qualities as well as the skill of the craftspeople. I needed a way to elevate the stone's quality and allow it to retain its massive weight which I find so appealing about this material
I made the decision to make the carvings in the table small and abstract as a representation of the vessels that are found on the surface of ancient offering tables. I did not want to dictate the type of things served on this table like I did with ‘The Champagne Table’ because I like the idea that there are certain rituals involving specific vessels and tools that one might use. For example a Japanese tea set or a Russian crystal caviar set.”
ABOUT GLEN BAGHURST
Glen Baghurst is both a designer and coproducer of products and furniture. His work explores luxury ideas with a simple Scandinavian style.
He is based in Malmö, Sweden and Sydney, Australia. The majority of his work is created through collaborations with craftspeople including an armchair made by a Master Piano Maker and a Champagne Table made by a Master Bell Maker.
KULLARO is located in Lönsboda, northeast of Scania in southern Sweden, where the Diabase has reached the daylight. We use machines with efficient diamond cuttingblades however a lot of our work is still done with the same tools that we used more than hundred years ago. Our products are manufactured on site and are displayed in our showroom.
DIABASE - Black gold of Sweden Diabase is an exclusive, beautiful and fascinating rock, as rare as it is difficult to access. It was formed during enormous volcanic eruptions from the earth’s inner core approximately 900-1500 million years ago, as molten magma was forced upwards towards the earth’s surface through narrow cracks in the parent rock. The Diabase from Lönsboda is considered to be the absolute premier in Diabase and the most demanded all over the world.
‘Cocktail Atmospheres’: Matter of Stuff takes residence at sketch during LDF2017
9 conduit street London W1S 2XG | 19 September to 15 November 2017
At sketch, Matter of Stuff will present ‘Cocktail Atmospheres’, an exhibition which will unveil LUMINARIE by Sabina Belfiore Lucovich, ‘A Drink with Wes’ by 1millimitre and ‘Club Chair’ by Glen Baghurst. A flight of cocktails imagined by sketch mixologists will provide an edible design experience.
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EXHIBITION MINT LUMINATES
2 North Terrace, SW3 2BA | 16 September—24 September 2017
Lina Kanafani curates an exhibition that explores collectible design, showcasing imaginative work that challenges traditional techniques and craftsmanship by over 60 international designers, both new and established, alongside recent UK graduates. There will be a special focus on designers who use new technologies in lighting, including Arturo Alvarez, Bocci, Brodie Neill for Made in Ratio, Studio Truly Truly, Tom Fereday and Vantot.Lina Kanafani curates an exhibition that explores collectible design, showcasing imaginative work that challenges traditional techniques and craftsmanship by over 60 international designers, both new and established, alongside recent UK graduates. There will be a special focus on designers who use new technologies in lighting, including Arturo Alvarez, Bocci, Brodie Neill for Made in Ratio, Studio Truly Truly, Tom Fereday and Vantot.
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