Study O Portable curate and contribute to an exhibition of works exploring the role of voids in objects, aptly titled Objects with a Void.. Six designers responded to the brief, 'Intentional or coincidental, voids in objects have the power to define the function and aesthetics of the objects. It's a dismissed yet integral part of design that captivates our imagination.'
Study O Portable's contribution is completely striking. They repeatedly dipped geometric shapes in brightly coloured resins to build up layers of material that becomes spherical on the exterior with internal voids of dodecahedrons and pyramids.
Peter Marigold's sequence of terracotta forms (Dug and Stuff) express a growing void that was created by progressively excavating a wooden former, resulting in a display of artefacts that are distinctly archaeological in their presentation.
Max Lamb cuts and re-cuts plates of metal into concentric shapes creating many objects from the voids of the first.
Other contributors include Paul Elliman, Gemma Holt and Hiroko Shiratori.
Shai Akram met Andrew Haythornthwaite while studying at the Royal College of Art, the two now run their own design practice and are also members of the Okay Studio collective. Her projects cover creative direction and design for interiors, events, and furniture/product ranges. Shaiâ€™s work is a combination of practice and theory, translating research and ideology into objects and visual language. Her work has been exhibited internationally and projects have taken her to China, New Zealand and Italy- although Shai loves to travel, she secretly wishes she would stay in one place long enough to have a cat.