This June, The Burrard Hotel in Vancouver, Canada opened its doors to a huge party organized by Color Magazine. The party took over the entire hotel. There were bands, a skateboard ramp, and 24 hotel rooms occupied by artists and performers. When we were invited to participate, our idea was to set up a micro studio in the hotel room, design and create objects, and make them available for silent auction. We moved much of our equipment into the hotel, along with off cuts of marble, leather, sheet metal, rubber, and unused components from past prototypes. We also set up a small photo studio.
Instead of the usual many iterations, with every piece, the prototype was the finished product. We worked intuitively, and used common sense instead of user trials. Precision wasn’t expected. Rather, the finished quality would come from the raw materials themselves–polished surfaces, machine woven repetition, etc. Our intention was to create finished fine objects that were real, usable and attractive, but still subtly reflected their origin–conceived in a hotel room during a wild party.
We had only simple cutting tools, adhesives and off cuts whose forms were not easily manipulated. Most importantly, we had very little time. These constraints are visible in the final products, yet with more time or more equipment the possibilities would have grown, and our ability to focus would have lessened.
In the end, we produced objects that we would have never created had we not manufactured this environment in which to create.