The impacts of our throwaway culture are extreme – socially, environmentally and globally. In the UK alone, we produce around 200 million tonnes of waste a year.
Michael Marriott is a London-based product, furniture and interior designer with resourcefulness built into the heart of his practice. His extensive portfolio explores ways in which surplus, discarded and found materials can be given a new life as objects of form, function and charm. Michael believes that the things we use on a daily basis should be fit for purpose, and simultaneously have an in-built humanity to them. The more we enjoy using things – the more valuable they become to us – and the less likely we are to throw them away.
In this podcast series, Radical Acts: Why Craft Matters, Harewood Biennial curator Hugo Macdonald meets the designers, artists, makers and creators who are using craft and design to tackle the urgent crises that shape our lives.
The Harewood Biennial returns in March 2022 with Radical Acts: Why Craft Matters. Following 2019’s Useful/Beautiful, curator Hugo Macdonald and the Harewood team have once again set to create a … Read more
Not so long ago, we wouldn’t have thought twice about getting out the sewing box and mending holes in our clothes. Today, thanks to the rise of fast fashion and the decline of our patience and … Read more
Mass commercial farming is a modern ill with extreme environmental and social consequences. Traditional, rural farming communities are decimated by conglomerates, and once fertile fields are … Read more
The construction industry is one of the greater culprits in modern society for carbon emissions and waste. But the subject of reuse in construction and architecture is gaining ground. … Read more