Vernacular Design And
Modern Invention

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Studio Swine will be running a workshop that explores how design can be the result of local materials, craft heritage and vernacular design colliding with innovation and new connections. Participants will be set a series of challenges that will push materials, process and concepts within the sky, waters and land of Boisbuchet. We will engage with individual skills and industrial technology to discuss a new platform that will validate both tradition and invention, embracing design to develop an inclusive community network.

profile swineStudio Swine is an Anglo-Japanese design studio making extraordinary projects around the world that question the role of design in the modern day: the intersection of culture, the power of the vernacular, the future of resources and the role of luxury in design. Swine is an acronym for Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers.
Swine is co-founded by Japanese architect Azusa Murakami and British artist Alexander Groves. Central to their practice is the notion of research-led design that is the product of a region: its culture, crafts and resources. Swine regards design as a tool for place-making in a globalising world.
Swine operates across a wide range of disciplines, working with various clients such as Veuve Clicquot, Heineken, Unilever, Microsoft, Swarovski and those who seek imaginative and visionary ways of developing their brand messages, whether through product, interiors or unique commissions.
Swine’s projects have been featured in museum exhibitions across the globe, including the Museum of Art & Design in New York, the Barbican in London, the Power Station of Art in Shanghai and 20_21 Design Sight in Tokyo. This Spring, Hair Highway will form part of the prestigious ‘What Is Luxury?’ exhibition at the V&A in London.
Although a comparatively young studio, Studio Swine has already achieved global success and recognition for ground-breaking projects that include Hair Highway, Sea Chair, Slow Fast Food Restaurant, Metallic Geology and Can City. Its films have also won awards, giving as they do a narrative to each project they undertake. This has led to them being approached by leading architects in the UK and North America to collaborate on commercial projects, including public seating and luxury retail spaces.

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