Uni Blog 2018

Hello, so this is a little glimpse into the thoughts and things around my final major project from university (over a year ago). The aim of the blog was explore the topic of atmosphere and how objects within the home can influence it. Feels like a million years ago I started this but anyway, hope you enjoy 

Knowing Nomads

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Ignacio Allendesalazar - Spain

Ignacio Allendesalazar (a.k.a Nacho) has lived away from home for the last 8 years and has found himself moving from flat to house every year through school and university years. So the weight and space of the things he wishes to include into his life have to be very very carefully considered. Nacho had mentioned he had received the Philip Stark lemon squeezers as a gift and loves using it and make him smile. However as he puts it: “ I don't squeeze that many lemons”, although it had brought him great pleasure to use and look at, he couldn't justify keeping something that couldn't fulfil enough of a functional role. Nomads don't have the luxury to keep things to keep on shelves.

Later in our conversation, the emphasis moved to the idea about the stories that objects say after years of use. From dents to scratches on metal, to pulled wool and de-coloured denim. They are all unique and tell something about the user but also relate back to specific memories. These are known as ‘witness marks’ as we later discovered. Nacho had said he prefers to rescue old object for these exact stories, and feels that the “ownership get blurred with new products”.

Having a place where you are surrounded by your things helps to create this atmosphere which “put your head at rest” as Nacho put it (an idea shared by Jasper Morrison in ‘Super Normal’) however, for nomads, these are maybe things which hold more function than they use to.

Blair McIntosh