31/03/2010

Hand Werk Pound Shop



Silence here for a couple of weeks. A busy period of making for Kids.Modern and for
Poundshop (opening tomorrow), a pop-up-experimental-shop curated by Household and Sara Melin. The shop space on Hoxton Street looks great, designed by architect Finn Williams and product designer Fredrik Paulsen. My contribution is an edition of 50 Hand Werk boxes, each containing a set of materials and forms, for abstract play.



Wood, plastic, ceramic, rubber, fabric. The components, mostly designed and cut to combine with counterparts sourced from school science lab suppliers for example, have a character that sits somewhere between board game bits, measurement tools, ambiguous accessories for clothing, for eating.




They sit and stack in a way which remembers systems seen for storing wooden flutes in the
Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, Scrabble letter lips, cutlery trays, test tube racks.



The sets each imply activity but there are no rules or guidelines supplied. Hand Werk is simply about sensibility brought about by mute play, by handling. No rules because the elements should be moved and moved again.



Boxed as seen here. The interior subdivisions point to an archival method. This process is as much for my own need for clarity and foothold in understanding form and intercompatible materials, to take then into a larger scale. The incremental marks help the pieces to speak to one another.
The black marks are inlaid, beginning a technique I would like to take back into furniture as a way of taking the design off upholstery and onto the wooden framework.








A set of silkscreened and overlocked mats, each with a sequential route.





And sheets that sit inside the box lid, as a placeholder for instructions.




These snaps gives an idea of the edition, with variance across the box contents. They were taken after a 'nuit blanche' of Saturday into Sunday, to finish for delivery. Impossible without the gritty, skilled help of Hannah Whitfield, Penelope Klein, Sally (of course) and my (irreplaceable) Dad.







Household's flyer.

20 comments:

katy said...

I bought one of these tonight.
I want more.

Kickcan and Conkers said...

I love this new work Peter. Have tweeted and put a few photos on my Tumblr. Really hope I can make it to Kids Modern.Good Luck with Pound Shop opening.

tg said...

can i buy one of these beautiful hand werk boxes? please?

Peter Nencini said...

Sure, if you can get to Poundshop! Beyond that, I will be making new editions later in the year; will keep this blog posted!

david john said...

peter! these are simply gorgeous!

fantastic and so exciting..

best!
david john
YHBHS

kindra said...

Whoah, this is my dream project! Congratulations on your great endeavor.

Jennifer said...

Really beautiful. Mysterious...compelling.

MONDOBLOGO said...

KILLER!
Thanks for sharing/showing/posting....

Loren Filis said...

I managed to grab one of these. Its fantastic, I had lots of fun playing around with it.

plw said...

this is just so nice...

soju said...

These are beautiful. just very beautiful.

I wanna play with them so much!

I'm coming to Kids.Modern. OKIDO is joining as well.

Peter Nencini said...

Hey Soju I'm so glad you're at Kids.Modern! Hope all is well.

mav said...

oh how i wish i could get one of these for my sweetheart... he would adore it. if you are willing to sell one: hello@iammav.com.

dicky bird said...

hello pete. i thik this is one of the loveliest things i've ever seen - beautiful...liz x

sammy and glenn: pacha design said...

these are simply stunning.

louise said...

Beautiful work. Do you show anywhere in Sydney, Australia?

McMimi said...

Do you have an image of the flute storage at Musee de Quai Branly? I went to their gorgeous site through your link but can't find anything. I work in a museum making storage mounts and now I'm very intrigued...

Peter Nencini said...

Hello and thanks again for the response to this work. The flute storage I've only drawn- it's very dark in Jean Nouvel's building; don't like taking photos in museums too. They can be found in the cylindrical structure that passes through the floors.

Dicky Bird- which Liz are you? I can think of two Lizzes that you might be?! Email me!

I'm not showing in Sydney but would love to. Looks like there are a couple of upcoming shows in Berlin and I will post news on this when/if it is happening.

A new edition will be made in the next fortnight, mostly for Berlin but with an overspill amount available to order.

jasmine said...

Hi Peter, your boxes are certainly beautiful, well done on such lovely work.
I am a contemporary jeweller from Sydney curating a show titled The Box Project.It seems we were thinking along similar lines. My boxes are packed to send out to other jewellers who will use the contained materials to create jewellery which will be sent backt to me for an exhibition titled The Box Project in November. I thought you may be interested. My materials are a lot more industrial, and certainly aren't as intricate as yours but I am expecting that the artists I have involved will add this spark.
If you like, check put my project theboxproject.tumblr.com

all the best

The Duckpond said...

I would love one of your hand werk boxes to add to 'the cupboard' - where I keep 'exciting stuff' for visiting children.

Any chance of buying online to be posted to Australia

cecilia
www.duckpond-design.com.au/theduckpond