European Walnut, brass, various dimensions
The Lee collection is developed from a large walnut tree felled on Grymsdyke Farm eight years ago. Working with the material directly reclaimed from the Farm’s grounds, the objects crafted for Lee collection seek to elevate the raw qualities of timber and honouring local natural resources. Keeping the wooden planks in their original state, the edges have been chiselled to highlight the qualities of walnut, while evoking sculptural detailing and high-end craftsmanship. Inspired by the work of George Nakashima, the iconic American architect and woodworker, the collection features an interpretation of the butterfly joint. Popularised by Nakashima, the butterfly joint has become a decorative, as much as structural detail, in woodworking. Replaced here by a squiggly brass joint, called ‘Caterpillar joint’, this unexpected detail seeks to reinterpret classic woodworking techniques. The collection features a large-scale bench, console, shelving unit and mirror.
Team: Marco Campardo, Ash Pales, Eleonora Ortolani, Teodoro Rava, John Langran and Jack Chivers
Available for custom-made commissions.
Photos by Ash Pales
Photos by George Baggaley
Marco Campardo Studio
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Marco Campardo is a London-based designer focusing on production, research and teaching. He has a particular interest in making and material experimentation as a form of critical practice, using it to explore wider narratives about culture, materiality, identity and authenticity.
MMMarco’s work starts with hands-on experimentation and research to question the nature of contemporary models of production. With a keen interest in materiality, his research seeks to subvert or adapt industrial manufacturing processes to propose an alternative to standardised, mass production. The final result of this process is aesthetically and conceptually refined objects, whose final form is determined by the very process of making. Playing with high-end and lo-fi methods and materials, Marco’s projects can be seen as a commentary on the value of making and craftsmanship.
Winner Ralph Saltzman Prize 2023, the Design Museum
Winner Wallpaper* Design Awards 2020
Ralph Saltzman Prize 2023, the Design Museum, London, 2023
Jello, curated by simple flair, hosted by riviera, Fuorisalone, Milan, 2022
The Farm Shop, Fels Gallery, London Design Festival, London 2023
Teatro Albers, AMO and Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Fuorisalone, Milan 2023
Raw Senses, OKRO Gallery, Zurich Design Weeks, Zurich, 2022
In the Direction of Colour, Fels Gallery, London 2022
Slanted/Enchanted, ESP Gallery, Toronto, 2022
Future Heritage, Decorex, London, 2021
Joy, Seeds Gallery, London, 2021
Where Things Land Down, Fels Gallery, London 2021
Beirut Re—Store, Beirut, 2020
Art Making, Seeds Gallery, London, 2020
Under/Over, Marta LA Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020
Lectures and talks
The Ralph Saltzman Prize 2023: Edward Barber in conversation with Marco Campardo, talk, the Design Museum, 2023
Augmented Autarky symposium, lecture, House of Today (HoT) and American University of Beirut, Beirut, 2023
Design Perspectives talk, MA Material Futures, London, 2021
Axel Arigato, AMO, Josef & Anni Albers Foundation, COS, Kelly Wearstler, Selfridges, Wandler, HEM, Vero International, Centro Pecci, MACRO Museum, Tate Modern.
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