Friday, 17 December 2010
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Friday, 3 December 2010
Monday, 29 November 2010
The wonderous thing about the internet is that you can find so many fantastic eco bits and bobs - news, products, general stuff.
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Friday, 12 November 2010
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
I find it such a wasted opportunity when designers (of any discipline) churn out ideas that have already been seen in another guise - surely we get our kicks from thinking up mad, weird and wonderful ways of doing new and exciting things? Maybe it is just me, but when I design I try and touch the moon - then figure out how I am going to build the damned ladder to do it.
Designing is challenging, and we should challenge ourselves (and our clients) every day.
But sometimes, no matter how much you plan, design, learn and invent, things can merrily gallop into your path, causing you to have a change of plan.
And so it is with our White Night proposal.
I planned for an ethereal, glowing and fluctuating installation, drifting and rocking next to the beautifully skeletal West Pier for White Night 2010 - this coming Saturday night. With the expertise and help of others I learnt about the rise and fall depths of the local tide, the natural drift, how to produce a double anchor system that would work with different wind directions, how to launch the boat, how to retrieve it, what a timed swell is and how it could cause our little boat a huge problem.
I learnt about the fishing boats of Brighton and why there aren't many about, the underlying structure (or lack of it) of the West Pier, and how great a high pressure front is and how nasty a low pressure front can be.
But knowledge can sometimes feel like a bad thing, hence the phrase 'ignorance is bliss'. And when I looked at the extremely complicated weather predictions for the West Pier area yesterday, the bits I had learnt showed me something I didn't want to see. A phone call to the wonderfully helpful and patient experts at the Brighton Seafront Office confirmed my fears.
Saturday night would be great if I wanted to do a bit of surfing at 1.00 am, with a 5ft swell over 12 seconds, but not so favourable for a little 1960's timber dinghy, full of wind generated LED's, next to a large and imposing metal structure.
'mini murmurations' will not float for White Night Brighton 2010.
Instead, she will be located on the beach (well above the high tide mark!) with her rods and LED's wafting in the breeze, albeit from a static base.
But Mother Nature is not to be messed with, and I would rather this than be swimming frantically out to the installation at the ungodly hours of the morning trying to stop it smash into the Pier. My risk assessment is complicated enough thank you.
So there we go - all have agreed that the low pressure looks ominous and even though I am a bit miffed, there is not much I can do. Instead, we will float her on another date when the gods of the sea are having a quiet snooze rather than the planned knees up this weekend.
Best laid plans...
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Thursday, 7 October 2010
10:10 is a movement of people, schools, businesses and organisations cutting their carbon by 10% in a year
Monday, 27 September 2010
Responding to the 2010 theme of ‘Illumination’ Claire Potter Design have been commissioned to produce an innovative light installation which will play homage to two icons of the city – the crumbling West Pier and the starlings which call it home.
Over recent years, the West Pier has developed from a skeleton into a living performance, when every night, thousands of starlings mass and whirl in the skies above the structure - known as a murmuration - creating a beautiful dance before they settle to roost. Whilst this dance is beautiful to watch, and has become as iconic as the West Pier itself, many do not realise how important this roosting site is, and how threatened the starlings actually are.
One of the four specially commissioned pieces for White Night Brighton 2010, ‘mini murmuration’ is a light based installation which takes this ‘performance’ as inspiration, and aims to educate viewers as to the threatened status of the birds and the importance of the site.
A sea-based artwork will be created next to the West Pier itself, with around a hundred Mathmos ‘Windlights’ - miniature wind turbine LEDs – glowing and swaying above an old timber boat, creating a fluctuating shape reminiscent of the murmurations of the starlings.
Red LEDs have been chosen to highlight the Red Listed status of the starlings on the RSPB Species of Conservation Concern list, whilst the number of LEDs used (approximately 80 – 100) will highlight the massive numerical decline of the birds. Only a small ‘cloud’ of LED starlings will sway next to the Pier.
Friday, 10 September 2010
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Monday, 6 September 2010
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
we are not going on holiday this year.
Friday, 6 August 2010
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Monday, 2 August 2010
we love a good bit of upcycling here in the claire potter design studio, and we were delighted when we 'stumpled' (ho ho) over these very delicious stools.
Friday, 30 July 2010
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
more details to follow (once we have stopped jumping about).
expect wind powered LED's, patterns of nature and an old boat...
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Yesterday, I found these fantastic lights. Even though they bordered on the very macabre, I was completely enthralled by them:
Found via Inhabitat, these lamps and lights are made by bespoke lighting designer Alex Randall from (already deceased) stuffed animals, which appear to be carrying the lights in their hands or beaks.
Harking back to the Victorian obsession with the collection and cataloguing of the natural world, the lamps feature squirrels, ducks and pigeons.
En masse, they look quite spectacular, if not a tiny bit unsettling.
Randall talks about the beauty of the animals we treat with such disdain, and how this beauty should be both recognised and celebrated.
so, we are looking forward to the possibility of seagull streetlamps illuminating the roads of Brighton?
Friday, 16 July 2010
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
First up - the University of Sussex Product Design Degree Show - you may remember from a couple of posts ago that we had made, and were sponsoring an award and were hot footing it up to Falmer to bestow the 'best eco design' award onto one of the very deserving students.
Well, the winner we selected was Kerry Norwood for her project MESH (Major Emergency Sustainable Housing). This is a truly worthy 'eco' project in so many ways. Using readily available metal sections and mesh sheets, Kerry designed a modular house kit which can be fitted, in multiples, into a standard sized shipping container.
Created for use in sudden emergency situations, the MESH unit can be put together quickly and simply, with the addition of an internal plastic sheet ensuring that the house is weatherproof. The gabion like walls begin empty, but are designed to be filled with the rubble and detritus of the collapsed homes, allowing a new life to be literally built from the remnants of the old.
Its humanitarian and aid advantages are obvious, but it was the beautifully simple eloquence of the 'rebuilding' aspect which I particularly loved. To give someone the chance to help themselves - a new purpose in the chaos - is strikingly powerful.
Kerry is now deciding how to take this project forward, so I will post a little more (including some images) as soon as I am able.
Next - compARTment.
Over the past two weeks, we have become involved in a very exciting project in Brighton, with the compARTment team - a group of makers, designers and artists who are committed to rejuvenating the empty spaces around the city.
The pilot project is utilising two empty units in the soon-to-be-redeveloped Open Market in Brighton - filling them temporarily with a series of art installations, exhibitions and pop up spaces. Running from now until September or October this year, it is hoped that the varied activities will increase the footfall to the market, supporting the remaining stallholders.
We have become involved in the project in a few capacities - helping with some of the set up organisation bits, possibly designing some spaces for other people and actually creating a couple of installations ourselves.
Heard of pop-up shops? Well, we are going to have a pop-up studio - creating an exciting little space to call home for a week, where the good people of Brighton can come and say hello and talk to us about more exciting little (or large) spaces.
So there you go - two little things that we have done and are doing - both of which will be filled out with more info over the next few weeks!
And the solar and wind powered installations? Well, I am afraid that is one for next week. I haven't drawn them up yet.
Monday, 12 July 2010
some bits are still embargoed, but there will be news VERY soon about a couple of very interesting little projects we are currently involved in.
empty spaces? pop up shops and exhibitions? temporary installations? solar and wind powered lighting creations?
coming soon to an empty space in Brighton soon...