Max Lamb “Resolution”

Maison Hermès

poster for Max Lamb “Resolution”
[Image: Satoshi Asakawa Courtesy of Hermès Japon]

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In response to this year’s overarching theme “Le Sense du Objet,” British designer, Max Lamb has produced “Resolution” - a series of rustic hand-made plinths using materials and processes intrinsically connected to the craftsmanship of Hermès. Each plinth supports or cradles a Hermès product made from a similar material and/or process, but with a far greater level of skill, craft technique and resolution. The elemental “low-resolution” plinths bearing traces of the hands that made them are designed to emphasize the quality of the Hermès products they support. The plinths are set against pixelated low-resolution videos showing the various processes used to produce them. Over-sized hands can be seen operating tools, repeatedly hammering, chiselling, carving, manipulating and transforming the raw materials into shape. The video extracts demonstrate the innate relationship between hand, material and product, and offers an illuminated and engaging backdrop to the Ginza environment that is itself fast, repetitive and both modern and nostalgic.

The plinths were made with Lamb’s own hands in his small London workshop using the various and mostly traditional craft processes that are fundamental to the act of making. The plinths were made with spontaneity and expediency, his naivety resulting in both failures and successes, and ultimately a level of resolution impossible to achieve without the touch of a hand. Screen resolution has become a factor in the way that we interact with craft and design, and online video the contemporary way to learn these traditional skills used to transform raw materials into functional products. We all have the potential to make useful, beautiful things.

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from 3月 17, 2017 to 5月 16, 2017

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Max Lamb

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