Student and Graduate
“Places have different ingredients, skills and needs that create a recipe for vernacular design. This vernacular becomes a local identity.” This was the starting point for young designer Jeff Lambert’s Places project that has resulted in a smart collection of home accessories made from different types of brick.
Each piece in the collection is made from a different clay sample collected from a specific location in the UK. Together the objects create a miniature skyline of buildings from across England that, through their appearance and functions, each tell a story about their origin.
For instance the Candlestick holder is made from a Yorkshire brick. In Yorkshire the brick making industry was a by-product of the coal mining industry during soil excavation. Therefore bricks from this area contain coal, which gives them a dark colour. The design itself resembles a factory – the candle creates a chimney, matches are stored on the sloped roof and struck on the rough sand blasted front.
The set also includes a paper weight, book ends, coasters, a bee house and door stop. They come packaged in a ply box with screen printed graphics and a set of postcards that explain the project. Information about where the brick comes from, brick type, function and ingredients are laser cut into each piece.