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From Now to Eternity - Biscuit Building

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A DESIGN exhibition which launches during the 2008 London Design Festival and continues through the Frieze Art Fair, From Now to Eternity, will be on display in the East End’s Biscuit Building from September 19 to October 19, 2008.

The exhibition is a celebration of and debate around design, with a focus on one material – plastic.

Plastic is with us virtually from now to eternity. Impervious to bacteria, acid, salt, rust, breakage and, in some cases, able to withstand heat, plastic is something of a miracle substance. One hundred years ago, when it was first invented, no one could have anticipated that plastic would present one of our biggest recycling challenges.

Pioneering arts consultancy Arts Co have commissioned ten leading contemporary designers and design collectives to celebrate plastic through their work and look at ways to re-think our growing mountains of discarded plastic. The designers will show how plastic’s versatility – transparent or opaque, hard or pliant, able to take on a myriad of colours and forms – can serve their creativity.

Committee, Stuart Haygarth, Raw Edges and FAT take a witty, playful and imaginative approach – Committee will build on their improbable towers of household objects to create extraordinary designs, while Haygarth’s ebullient plastic chandelier is made from 1,000 exploded party poppers.

Tomoko Azumi’s minimal yet highly sensual work, Tom Price’s sculptural aesthetic, and award-winning collective Troika, renowned for their pioneering use of technology, reveal the subtler possibilities of the medium. Rolf Sachs’ original and provocative take on the possibilities for plastic establishes a new dialogue with a sometime reviled material.

Shanghai-based WOKmedia are particularly keen to respond to this brief since China has become the recycling centre of the world, while Japanese designer Hiroko Shiratori will explore the indestructibility of plastic objects to create what she has called the ‘fossils of the future’, thus giving them a new value.

There will be an accompanying talks programme which includes The Development of Design, The Environmental Question, The Role of Creativity in Driving Discourse and Mine for Eternity.

The London Design Festival runs from September 13 to September 23, 2008. It is the UK’s biggest annual celebration of design and reflects London’s status as the world creative hub.

Times: Wednesday to Friday – 2pm to 6pm, Saturday to Sunday – 12 to 6pm, or by appointment.

Biscuit Building, 10 Redchurch Street, London, E2.