1year 7prototypes exhibition was conceived and made in his small studio in East London, Roger Arquer's work combines humble materials with unexpected results to realize everyday-life furniture. Seven furniture prototypes where specially made during the lenght of a year for this exhibition. The prototypes where: Alba, Cinderella, Permutable, Leather, Fold, Ribbon and Marble.
Introduction text by Tim Parsons:
Developing design ideas outside of their relationships with manufacturers is both a passion and a necessity for many designers today. Such projects are speculative (like panning for gold) and offer the latent possibility of paying for themselves in the future. Yet there is a worthier cause behind this activity. Design work done without recourse to the house style or cost guidelines of a company, or the material or process restrictions of a factory, offers the potential for a truly independent voice. It is a platform for designers to express their interests and values through objects and offers us a window onto their world. This exhibition welcomes you to one such world that of Roger Arquer and illustrates a year's worth of independent design activity in the form of seven prototype products. From the humour of Alba, children's furniture that integrates wooden kitchen utensils, through the playfulness of Ribbon a stool made entirely from a weave of iron-on wood veneer, to the geometric rigour of Folded, another stool, this time in sheet metal and wood, each piece reveals another side to the designer's character. Simplicity and economy of means, underpin a practice that is devoted to people's needs and desires, to improving their comfort, their material experience, and ultimately their emotional attachment to the objects they choose to live with.
Thanks to Martin Price without whom this exhibiton would have never happened.