Group Work: “Simplify”

Groupwork: "Simplify" special project from Milan Design Week 2014 and the "Other Hemisphere" presentation focusing on contemporary design from New Zealand and Australia. - Photography by Christo CrockerGroup 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!”

Groupwork: "Simplify" special project from Milan Design Week 2014 and the "Other Hemisphere" presentation focusing on contemporary design from New Zealand and Australia. - Photography by Christo CrockerGroupwork: "Simplify" special project from Milan Design Week 2014 and the "Other Hemisphere" presentation focusing on contemporary design from New Zealand and Australia. - Photography by Christo Crocker

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.

Groupwork: "Simplify" special project from Milan Design Week 2014 and the "Other Hemisphere" presentation focusing on contemporary design from New Zealand and Australia. - Photography by Christo Crocker Groupwork: "Simplify" special project from Milan Design Week 2014 and the "Other Hemisphere" presentation focusing on contemporary design from New Zealand and Australia. - Photography by Christo Crocker

Photography by Christo Crocker
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4 Responses to Group Work: “Simplify”

  1. Courtney says:

    Seriously one of the most impressive reinterpretations of utilitarian objects I’ve ever seen! I live with the world’s most boring/ugly rented bathroom….and whilst this is too good for my current bathroom, I can picture this in the future bathroom of my dreams! Love it!

  2. Jonah Kilday says:

    Hello, I would like to purchase this brass towel rack for a client. Do you have the contact person that I could speak with to purcahse? I cannot find anything on the website. Any help would be appreciate.

    Best,

    Jonah Kilday
    MK Workshop

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