The British contribution to Timeless explores and expresses the idea of 'place' within 'time' through a series of commissions that are specific responses to Lisbon; its resources, identity and location.
The six selected designers share a sensibility towards their practice which reflects either a renewed recognition of local skills and vernacular typologies or encourages local engagement and joint civic action.
The extent to which these ideas have penetrated design practice in the UK is reflected in the disciplines which the commissions represent; architecture, graphics, jewellery, interiors and furniture.
The works touch upon production methods, mapping and resourcefulness and each present different relationships between designer/maker, objects/goods and user/purchaser.
Each of the designers' specific responses to Lisbon – and their use, repair or representation of its resources – will engage new audiences and participants in this methodology of resourceful design.
This engagement may be direct through individual conversations, symbolic through the physical action of climbing over a stile, or indirect through the unexpected experience of sitting on a beautiful inlayed park bench.
We also hope that they suggest new interpretations of familiar places and materials; the cork manufacturing industry, markets, fine craft traditions, the professional and amateur productions of Odivelas, and the typographic traditions and common wisdom of Lisbon’s people.
Co-curated by Alison Moloney and Catherine Ince from the British Council, and Clare Cumberlidge
- Project Manager - Ellie Smith (British Council)
- Exhibition Graphics - Åbäke
- Photographer - Bridget Smith
- Project Coordinator Lisbon - Armando Ribeiro
- British Council Lisbon - Gill Caldicott Country Director, Isabel Lopes Projects Team, Benilde Martins Assistant Director Resources
- Linda Brothwell
- Anthony Burrill
- Fabien Cappello
- Ben Kelly
- public works
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