Why does an A4 piece of paper measure 210mm x 297mm? Why is a stop sign shaped like a hexagon? And what's the reason for a pint glass's ungainly bulge? For the first exhibition of 2017 we invited designer Oscar Lhermitte to show his collection of industrial objects with a hidden rationale.
Including packing peanuts, bottle caps, manhole covers and the 50p coin, No Randomness will highlight a range of humble products that serve us every day. Far from being randomly conceived or arbitrarily arranged, these products and systems have been expertly designed for economy or practicality. The bulge on a pint glass, for example, lets air pass between stacked glasses so they don’t get stuck together. Packing peanuts interlock when squeezed together, protecting the object they surround.
Lhermitte says: "Exposing and questioning the object is an integral part of the designer’s job. These objects each have an ‘invisible’ detail that enables them to fulfill their function to perfection."
The exhibition was originally conceived for the International Design Biennale Saint Etienne. The London showing will include three new additions to the collection and is kindly sponsored by Humanscale.