New York’s Temple of Manufacturing exposition showcases examples of artisanal craftsmanship from all over the world. The exhibition, put together by Aamu Song and Johan Olin of COMPANY, a design duo based in Helsinki, is the materialisation of their decade-long project: SECRETS. The initiative took them to remote sites across the globe in an effort to learn crafting processes unique to particular industries and places.
The showing includes examples of traditional craftsmanship from Finland, Russia, Japan and the U.S., each featuring a variety of products crafted locally in each of the sites. Examples range from fluorescent hand-blown glass from Finland to zigzag chairs designed with slots for marbles from Amish Pennsylvania.
The interior is colourful, with a soft blue and white general theme; walls not adorned with artisanal craftsmanship are lined with thin wooden rods topped with hollow bulbs made from wood, metal and glass. Much of the wall art features generic human figures doing factory work, giving off an underlying industrial aesthetic, although each country’s section does have an interesting cultural twist. Sheets of design drawings hang from cords that run across the ceiling.
The exhibition runs until August 5th. More information can be found here.
Written by Camron Intern, Fletcher Sherrod.
Temple of Manufacturing presnts COMPANY's long term project: Secrets. Traveling to remote sites around the world to learn crafting processes unique to particular industries and places, the duo (comprised of Aamu Song and Johan Olin) has collaborated over the last decade with a variety of communities to rethink the very processes and knowledge embedded in these places. On view at @storefrontnyc at 97 Kenmare Street through August 5. Supported by @thefciny. #templeofmanufacturing