Graphic design is often ephemeral by nature, but a new exhibition featuring five top practitioners presents it in a new, more permanent light. Still Motion is a series of original pieces produced using Portuguese stone, which opens at the Triennale de Milano next month.
The exhibition incorporates work by Jonathan Barnbrook, tDR's Ian Anderson and Sagmeister & Walsh, alongside Lisbon-based designers Jorge Silva and Pedro Falcão. Curated by Guta Moura Guedes, curator and president of the Lisbon-based Experimenta research platform, the exhibition explores the tactile and visual qualities of Portuguese stone. Participants were encouraged to experiment with this material by applying it to graphic design – a discipline that rarely uses such an uncompromising substrate. Utilising a selection of Portuguese stone including limestone and marble, the designers have used the material to create a diverse collection of pieces from signage panels to art pieces. The designers have employed various traditional and technological stone-working techniques, including stone inlaying using high precision waterjet cutting, and engraving using laser technology.
Still Motion is one of three research projects under the banner First Stone which will be internationally presented in Venice, Milan, Basel, São Paulo, London and New York, during several events up to October 2017. The first twenty original pieces produced for Still Motion will be revealed in Milan, at the Triennale de Milano, with the full exhibition launching in September, during the 2017 London Design Festival.
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