4_Helsinki, Finland Field Trip 2012

MARS 2012-13

3_Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire Sketches - Peter Sai Hung Man
2_Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire Sketching Workshop - Frances Stacey [Tutor]
Frances Stacey leading a drawing workshop at Southwell Minster
6_Muto - Marc Mathias-Williams, Kaplan Pirgon + Peter Sai Hung ManChair by Marc Mathias-Williams, Peter Man, Kaplan Pirgon
Initially this was explored through the research of Rooms and Chairs. Eliel Saarinen whilst teaching at Cranbrook recommended to his students “if you want to design a chair consider the room, if you want to design a room consider the house, if you want to design a house think about the city.”[iii] A field trip to Helsinki, Finland was a key part of the design research process to study the works of Alvar Aalto. This included a wonderful visit to the Korhonen Factory to see the production of Artek furniture, which gave insight into the relationship between furniture and architecture. MARS was shown around the factory by Jenni Korhonen, Great-Great-Grand Daughter of Otto Korhonen, the founder and key collaborator in the realisation of Aalto’s furniture designs.
MARS visit to Korhonen Factory

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Chair by William Hathaway, Ben Stanforth, Jonathan Hallett
These strands of research formed a foundation for each student to explore an individual thesis project, in which making was the primary mode of design research. 2012 – 2013 was an excellent year with Laura Gaskell’s ‘London Makers Foundation’ cited by the Architects Journal as a sophisticated and well-crafted thesis project,[i] she worked collaboratively and yet was rivaled by her 12 friends and colleagues.
9_Making Unit1, London Makers Foundation - Laura Gaskell
Laura Gaskell
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William Hathaway
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Jonathan Hallett
13B_Perspective Section, In The Loop - Jenny Grewcock
Jenny Grewcock
Mehrnoush Rad
12_Main section Re[soling] - Ben Stanforth2
Ben Stanforth

[i] Marks, L 2013, Architects Journal: Student Show Edition, Midlands, University of Nottingham. EMAP Publishing Limited

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