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For What It's Worth

About this project

This collection of work debates the value we place on high design and craftmanship and its perception as a status symbol. Challenging the practicality of objects, we question whether function or conceptual value has greater worth.

Each object is united through an ornamental language which has been inspired by a personal collection of macramé textile works. Not only did these artisanal works inspire the visual language of each piece, they also led us to question the value we place on workmansh


£1700 — £2000


artisanal, luxury, value, marquetry, light, shadow, atmospheric, graphite, conceptual, materiality


Design, Furniture, Conceptual, Wood, Traditional, Technology


Wood, Mixed Media
Marquetry Disc
Photographer: Copyright Winter & Kurth
The surface effect is created using inlaid wooden veneer (marquetry) inspired by the tonal variations in graphite. With the aesthetic dictated by atmosphere and light the object invites the viewer to question their perceptions of worth. Marquetry has long held respect as a craft with gravitas and rich traditions. In this context the single colour veneer creates subtle tonal changes as the viewer interacts with the work. Light and darkness become equally important to the visual experience.
Graphite Side Table
Photographer: copyright Winter & Kurth
Celebrating equality of worth this object combines both the qualities of graphite and veneer marquetry in a new context. A context that allows the viewer to question there preconceptions about material value, workmanship and artistic expression. Inspired by the Japanese Wabi Sabi philosophies the precision machine turned graphite legs trace their path across the floor presenting a juxtaposition of aesthetic values.
Skate Board
Photographer: Copyright Winter and kurth
Echoing Art Deco luxury, a time when even the most mundane and functional objects were ostentatious. The skateboard explores the tension between our desire to use it and our instinct to protect it from harm. Shagreen (stingray skin) holds particular historical gravitas; used widely to adorn Japanese sword handles the material projects high status not only due to its beauty but also the skill in crafting it. The combination of shagreen and marquetry later became status symbols in luxury art deco goods.
Photographer: Copyright Winter and kurth
Do we value workmanship even if it is no longer perfect? To see the beauty and value in the box you must alter your preconceptions of worth, and accept that nothing is perfect or permanent even man’s mastery and regulation of material. Drawing inspiration from Wabi Sabi and Japanese box making traditions the artist’s box is made from solid walnut clad with black marquetry.
Photographer: Copyright Winter and Kurth
Hand drawn using pencil and ruler celebrating the workmanship in draughtsmanship. The hundreds of lines represent time, the time its takes to craft an object, whether it be precision or artisanal, timber or cotton, time should be valued.