Following on from my last post about favourite designers or collections I wanted to include David Taylor. I love work that focuses on materiality and crafting. Taylor’s Considered Objects contrast the polished sheen of brass with rough hewn concrete. This contrast of surface highlights the innate qualities of the differing materials, pushing their material personalities to the fore.
“Objects can be made for any number of reasons, with ‘Considered Objects’ it was pure escapism. During an intensive period of planning, delivering, meetings and deadlines ‘Considered Objects’ provided a free zone to focus on something else. Some jog, some do yoga, I returned to my workshop for an hour every other day to find peace in making. With each shift the pieces took shape, the result of a three-part conversation between hand, mind and material.”
Quote and images from Design Milk, article written by Jaime Derringer.
Text below and images above from Yellowtrace.com.au about his ‘Crowd’ collection.
“Stockholm-based Scotsman David “Superdave” Taylor is a true contemporary artisan who incorporates elements of design, art and metal craft in his work. Taylor cleverly combines post-industrial waste with precious metal, DIY components and other materials, and creates unique and extraordinary objects such as candle holders, dishes, lamps and mirrors. In his recent body of work (above), Taylor created a series of candlesticks with human characteristic, with each piece bearing it’s own name. Titled “Crowd”, the collection incorporates approximately 30 pieces that changes over time when some of them are bought and others are made to replace them. This truly organic community of works is more than just a static and pre-defined output – Taylor uses his imagination to fill the gaps in the collection in a process of continual rejuvenation and reinvention. Rather than adhering to a preset of rules, the artist draws from a full material palette, allowing each candlestick to have its own identity and a sense of personality. While each piece standsalone, collectively they share a sense of cohesion when in the company of their “friends.”