TDO were invited by Clerkenwell Design Week to design an installation for the 2018 festival, which responded to their ‘Reform’ brief.
The brief asked for a form to be created from a block of 3x1x1m polystyrene. Traditionally seen as an environmentally unfriendly material polystyrene is in fact endlessly recyclable. The choice of material formed part of a wider theme at Clerkenwell Design Week around waste reduction and understanding the sustainable credentials of unlikely materials.
The installations were removed, recycled and repurposed after the event had concluded. The brief asked for the installations to create a new understanding of the surroundings, and Clerkenwell’s past.
Polystyrene, like concrete, does not have a ‘natural’ state and can take on a vast array of forms. We like to design with simple forms and intersecting geometries. We used the flexible nature of polystyrene to play with that approach. Overlapping shapes were cut from the the 3x1x1m block, and placed next to it.
The remaining form framed views of surrounding details and created an archway through the installation, re-framing the everyday of Clerkenwell.