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Cordon Salon

Melbourne’s Ella Saddington established design practice Cordon Salon to interrogate traditional thinking around art, craft and design through research, collaboration and play.

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Melbourne’s Ella Saddington established design practice Cordon Salon to interrogate traditional thinking around art, craft and design through research, collaboration and play. Reflecting BETA and STH BNK’s experimental spirit, Cordon Salon is dedicated to working outside the confines of empirical understanding and current codes.

 

Curiosity is at the heart of Cordon Salon. Saddington and her team take an open-minded and inquisitive approach. Contemplating design problems from uncommon angles brings new solutions. Showing a rare appreciation for often-overlooked, lost or forgotten materials, Cordon Salon creates limited edition functional art and collectable design pieces. Taking a cross-genre approach to design, Cordon Salon brings together the disciplines of art, design and craft by borrowing skills and techniques from each to result in outcomes unbound by the obvious.

Showing a rare appreciation for often-overlooked, lost or forgotten materials, Cordon Salon creates limited edition functional art and collectable design pieces. Taking an across-genre approach to design, Cordon Salon brings together the disciplines of art, design, and craft by borrowing skills and techniques from each to result in outcomes unbound by the obvious.

CORDON SALON I A CURIOUS PRACTICE

Art, Design and Craft are often at odds, this need not be the case. Although the individual creative fields can be quite different in their motivation, methodology and approach. Working between multiple disciplines can achieve outcomes of value, skill, and function left undiscovered.

Through the practice, Cordon Salon questions, revise, and experiment. Drawing from established scientific and creative domains to find inspiration and derive solutions and alternative outcomes and explorations.

Cordon Salon focuses on maintaining curiosity in our approach, delving into areas of interest that lay outside of the common pathways. By doing so Cordon Salon’s aim is to look at every problem and project with a questioning perspective. Examining processes and concepts to unlock hidden potential in the ubiquitous, overlooked and forgotten.

Designing With Waste

The Designing with waste project focuses on expanding the initial experiments by Cordon Salon in utilising waste materials in their experimental designs first presented at Melbourne Design week 2021.

By reusing rather than recycling we can lengthen the life of existing materials and in doing so minimise the impact of that material.

The benefit of redirecting materials slated for disposal and recycling, away from these streams enables energy savings, avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions, water savings, avoidance of waste, and significant reductions in natural resource use, eutrophication of waterways and airborne pollutants as a result of the recycling process.

By approaching the waste as you would a raw or virgin material we speculate on an alternative approach. What if design started with maximizing usage of waste materials? Can the ‘End of life’ be the beginning point for new design work with minimal processing?

“By reusing rather than recycling we can lengthen the life of existing materials and in doing so minimise the impact of that material.”

— Cordon Salon on designing with waste
Ella Saddington for AFR
ABOUT CORDON SALON

 

Cordon Salon is a Melbourne-based experimental studio that uses research, collaboration and play as a method to speculate on approaches to art, craft and design. The studio focuses on the creation of finely crafted limited edition, collectable design and functional art.

Often working with lost, forgotten or overlooked materials, crafts and processes to achieve innovative outcomes. Since its founding in 2018, the studio has developed work for local and international clientele. Exhibited experimental work for Alt.Material, Friends & Associates, At the Above and Sophie Gannon Gallery as part of Designwork 05 for Melbourne Design Week 2021.

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