As a mixed culture design duo, our work is characterised by an on-going discourse of cultural influence which is accentuated by the diversity of our own approaches. We are interested in exploring the peculiarities, the differences and the context of various cultures commencing with our own.
The residency in Cape Town was a way to understand our South African heritage. Amongst the many inspirations we took whilst visiting the country together, a very specific material stood out to us and became the subject of our work there.
Corrugated metal is a very iconic material to the South African landscape and is found in traditional, contemporary and informal architecture. One of the main topics we explored whilst working with this material, was how to lift the negative associations attached to this beautifully graphic material.
At the Bijou, artist Conrad Hicks' studio, we experimented with the material with various techniques like rolling, folding, soldering and riveting. We felt the production should be kept simple and accessible as these are some of the qualities which make this material so widespread.
We also worked alongside local businesses and craftsmen who shared a common affection to this material to produce the prototypes.