Design Junction was a highlight this year among the myriad design shows, with its client-friendly innovative designs and wide range of products. Product design is rooted in a desire to help, simplify and improve one's life, so it was fitting that show placed an emphases on humanitarian and eco enterprises.
Most notable was the delightful Casper Project (#whoscasper) run by Modus which produced a series of their Casper stool, designed by Michael Sodeau, which were decorated by famous and notable names in the industry. The caspers will be auctioned off anonymously, so you won't know which artist decorated which one until after purchase. We've had great fun trying to guess in the office who designed what. We think we've identified a few (Tom Dixon, cough...)
The designer are: Autoban, Barnaby Barford, Jon Burgerman, Anthony Burrill, Nicholas Burrows, Esther Cox, Tom Dixon, Alex Chinneck, James Joyce, Vic Lee, Ross Lovegrove, Chrissie Macdonald, Moritz Waldemeyer, Snarkitecture, Sir Kenneth Grange, Studio Egret West. You can find out more about each designer here.
The charity the auction is in aid of is Movement on the Ground, who support men, women and children forced to flee their homes from climate change, war and poverty. They are currently in the field supporting the crisis across Europe. Each casper has a deeply individual design to signify the individuality of each refugee who has been forced to endure anonymity and dehumanisation. Some make reference to the charity, such as the stool below with the life jacket and the one in the background with the floatation ring.
The stools were all delightful and would make a tasteful and talkative addition to any home. Should you want to view the caspers, they are on view in Modus' showroom: 28-29 Great Sutton Street London EC1V 0DS. Should you wish to bid, the auction is live here.