Based in London, John is an architectural designer who approaches the production of space and objects through a fluid practice between making, drawing and film.
While he focusses his personal research on addressing problematic attitudes towards work, value and prestige in the built environment; he is keen to use design, regardless of format, to provoke new, critical means of perceiving and interacting with our surroundings. A recent master’s graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL; his work has been shown at numerous exhibitions and screenings in the UK and internationally, including the Royal Academy. Eager to reach across disciplines, he enjoys working both independently and as an idealistic, future-minded and pragmatic collaborator.
For more information, including questions about previous work, current ideas, or potential future commissions, please get in touch.
Recent years have seen an explosion in the popularity of visually stimulating online videos. From hydraulic press experiments, to slow motion water balloons and popping pimples, we have a new shared fetish; digital tactility. Soft Body Stool is a small, loose furniture project with a commercial edge, taking this digital material reality into the physical realm.
A digital cushion is dropped in physics simulation software onto a set of steel legs, warping and deforming around them as it collides. A moment towards the end of the drop is frozen in time and then physically cast in polyurethane resin; a material normally considered as low-grade, re-purposed as precious. Through the often-overlooked process of rotational casting, the stool can be easily reproduced and kept to just two pieces; a smooth, hollow, rigid body and the legs; naturally locking together with no mechanical fixings.
Typically used to produce storage tanks, road signs and bollards on an industrial scale, rotational casting is a process rarely seen beyond factory doors. To meet our need to experiment with surface finish, wall thickness, and translucency, while working within an extremely small budget, we constructed a roto-casting machine for our own use, granting us freedom to fine-tune the production process.