Brodie Neill will debut his new piece, Latitude, at the 2019 London Design Festival. Neill has been invited by design research gallery Matter of Stuff to re-imagine the past into the present with recycled furniture.
Neill has transformed hundreds of wooden dowels used for the scenography of the gallery's 2018 LDF exhibition into Latitude, a sculptural bench seat to be presented at sketch, London's iconic artist-conceived food and drinks destination.
Handcrafted in Neill's London studio, Latitude uses a lattice-like technique reminiscent of traditional Japanese bamboo constructions where linear elements are bound together to create seemingly simple scaffolding-like structures. Semi-transparent due to its dynamic mesh-like matrix, the bench lays bare its structural integrity. This minimal design intervention is heightened by leaving the pinewood raw and uncoated, elevating the natural wood by maintaining its original purity.
"When approached by Matter of Stuff to re-envisage the pine dowels into a new design, my first instinct was to completely shift the perception of these linear elements by building volume through repetition; it was a practical craft-led response to create an entirely new form," Neill commented.
Latitude will be on show at sketch as part of 'A Second Life' exhibition, from September 14 until November 2019.