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Rob Eales






IMAGE > Rob Eales, Domestic Production II ~ Plant stand assembly, 2021, reclaimed wooden umbrella struts, reclaimed household objects, ceramics, glass and 3D printed parts, 150 x 150 x 150 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.
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It's important for me to be able to work with what you have. Tools and machines are important, get some if you have the space. It's not always the design that is hard, it's the social as well, talking to others about ideas is super important. This affects the end result in new, interesting but not always useful ways.

This work is part of a Commoners Press submission for Design Fringe. We are exploring the concept of domestic production, which was always an ambiguous term but is especially now after the experience of lockdown. Commoners Press is Neal Haslem, Jan Brueggemeier and Rob Eales.


Less of the collective, conversational approach means that my design work becomes more personalised and internal, this is something I have been used to previously but had not had for a while. I have always been interested in working with the digital to physical through digital fabrication in my work but now it has really tipped towards the digital in all aspects of the work and I am looking forward to getting back into more a conversational, collaborative and physical mode in the future.

We are exploring the concept of domestic production, which was always an ambiguous term but is especially now after the experience of lockdown.



The design gem in my neighbourhood is probably the Salvo's over the road. It is out of the way and not so visited. The glassware and cookware are the great parts with old, quality things coming up all the time.



The workshop is where the digital meets the material so this would have to be my favourite room. It has the means of production, tools and a radio, which is also a kind of tool as well.


 My favourite desgn object in my house is called Tree of Life. My partner travelled to Mexico years ago and found this in a market in Mexico City. That it is handmade with great detail really appeals to me. It is an object that embodies so much of a culture that is different from ours that I keep it as a reminder of the different ways of seeing the world and making things for it. Also it is a crazy sensory overload in a small package.




IMAGES [Top to bottom] > All images courtesy of the artist. Recipe image source: unsplash.


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