ARTISAN IN RESIDENCY
SEPTEMBER 2021 ONGOING
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.
“Globally, buildings are responsible for 30% of raw materials used, 42% of energy used and 40% of atmospheric emissions. The issue is staggering and sadly the problem is accelerating,” says Ella Saddington, founder of experimental design studio Cordon Salon. “It’s an issue we need to tackle from both ends: through better designed buildings that are future-proofed and made to last, and better streams for waste generated during construction, refurbishments and demolition.”
The construction and manufacturing sectors are laden with ecological concerns. A huge amount of waste is sent to landfill, and there are environmental impacts throughout all phases of the building process – from the sourcing of raw materials to their disposal. During her Atelier residency, Ella will explore the role of waste within the design practice by creating new works out of repurposed materials salvaged from within Hanover House.
A seven-story concrete office block built in 1973, we’ve transformed Hanover House into the testing site for the BETA program. Demonstrating the exciting possibilities and limitless potential of circular design, Ella has selected original materials from within the building – such as light fixtures, ceiling tiles, windows and even wiring – to reuse in a series of experiments. These reclaimed materials will be turned into beautiful design objects, like side tables, lamps and baskets.
“I wanted to think about salvaged materials as a precious resource rather than abundant waste. In doing that it changes the way you design with it. I’ve tried to use as much of that material in its dimensions and condition as possible,” Ella explains.
In addition, Cordon Salon will also utilise denim waste from the textile industry, reforming these remnants into sculptural forms. The denim will be shredded and combined with bio-based epoxy resin, made from 77% bio content and plant-based carbon. “The approach to designing in this case is led by the material production process,” says Ella. “I work with the wet material and can manipulate it into various forms over the course of its curing period.” Delicate, intricate and reminiscent of lace, the resulting structures are at once incredibly strong and lightweight.
What We Achieved
1 x side table
4 x woven e-waste baskets
2 x prism lamps
1 x remnant vase/baskets
1 x nested side table
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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?
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.
“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
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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