Group Work is a collaborative project where a select team of designers/artists/makers get together to confront everyday objects, spin them on their head and produce something new and strangely interesting! I mean look at that beautiful AND functional piece of design above!
“Simplify” is the name of the third Group Work project and was created for the impressive “Other Hemisphere” exhibition in the midst of Milan Design Week, celebrating contemporary design from Australia and New Zealand (The Design Files did a terrific post on it recently here.) Interior architect, Sarah Trotter pulled Esther Stewart and Murray Barker to create a solution for the “bathroom accessories conundrum”.
I’ve swapped a few emails with Sarah and I think she explains this project and the Group Work concept the best:
“Groupwork can bring up memories of agonising assignments at school or university, but I love the way different artists and thinkers can come together to make something unique and brilliant. Each Groupwork project is based on an everyday household design ‘problem’, like the challenge a toilet roll holder brings or what to do with a toothbrush! These items feel like they are mundane, maybe thats because they haven’t been revisited for so long!”
In regards to this project; “Simplify” (and that ridiculously good looking loo roll holder!) Sarah had this to say:
“The pieces made from wood, stone and solid brass fit together to create shelves, towel rails, lights, toilet roll holders and vessels. These are perfect for any bathroom environment- you can add or subtract elements, while only having two penetrations in the walls. All of the items have been made in Melbourne by a group of very talented makers, including Wingnut & Co., Anna Varendorff and others.
Photography by Christo Crocker