Like many guys (at least the ones I know), London-based designers Postlerferguson have a fascination cultivated from a young age: well-made machines of transport and weaponry. The duo fully embrace this boy-hood sense of wonder, and play with it in interesting ways. In the past, they have faithfully replicated AK-47's and Uzi's in paper, and constructed a full-scale model of the Concorde jet engine in styrofoam and paper (from plans purchased on Ebay for 6 pounds). The designers have now turned their attention to the industry of the seas with Buoy Lamps and Wooden Giants, both showing separately this week at the London Design Festival. The Buoy Lamps, on view in Homeworks at Mint, translate industrial floating marine signal lamps into the domestic environment, to navigate you through your home. Bringing the concept full-circle, the lamp frames are constructed of water-jet cut marine-grade plywood. An exposed neon tube serves as the light source, and fluorescent paint highlights the bare wood frames.
The Wooden Giants, toy replicas of three of the largest cargo ships in the world, are on view in Translations in the Brompton Design District of London. The Emma Maersk, Arctic Princess and TI Asia wooden ships further push Postlerferguson's interest in bringing giant and powerful machines into fresh contexts, showing them in a new light.
In all of their objects, there is a nice mix of joyful reverence combined with skillful interpretations of the original machines that peak their interest.