Joints + Bones investigates the structure and connections of design, as opposed to surfaces or skins. An international mix of emerging and established designers have found innovative, beautiful and experimental ways of joining.
Some exhibits make the mechanics of their joinery explicit, asking us to look at how construction can lead to overall form or rationale. Tension, pivots and bespoke 3D-printed parts are some common means with playful possibilities. Other projects investigate new methods of combining materials, often with an unusual agent employed to do the joining: a stretch of fabric, a hose clip, or shrunken plastic as a rudimentary graft. Exhibits vary from decorative screws and cable ties, to modular structures that can repeat to fill whole rooms.
Alongside these works is a set of complementary exhibits that relate to the nature and materiality of bones. These include translucent textile hangings that remind of X-rays, crockery in bone china, and skeletal structures grown by fusing powder around hot wires.
Encouraging a deeper appreciation of design, Joints + Bones looks at how a method of joining can go beyond an essential role and give a piece of design its logic, originality and character.