Fast Forward: Art of the ordinary

On show Not all designers shun the mundane. Martin Skegg and Michael Oliveira-Salac discover `Stealing Beauty', an exhibition that positively embraces real life

A new exhibition, Stealing Beauty, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, focuses on British-based artists and designers who take a less stylised approach to living. Their work addresses the mundane aspects of life - the behaviour of real people and the ordinary things around us. Exhibition curator Claire Cotterall describes the designers as "drawing on the palette of the ordinary and everyday".

Clockwise from top left

Cow's Foot Light by Fashion, Architecture, Taste (FAT) A consortium of architects and artists, FAT envision the future as rustic and picturesque, rather than shiny and rounded. The Cow's Foot Light is a piece of anti-design, the antithesis of good taste and function - it doesn't even stand up.

pounds 500 from FAT, 0171-251 6735

Millennium Fever CD by Alex Rich The Millennium Fever CD is a device that randomly creates lottery numbers. Put the disc in any CD player, press shuffle, and the numbers come up on the track listings window, as well as being "spoken" through your speakers.

pounds 5 plus p&p, 0171-923 1092

Ice Bucket by Azumi Shin Azumi used to design laptops and games consoles. Now he and his wife, Tomoko, create elegant, transformable furniture, such as a bench that turns into a single bed. Much of their work involves using objects and materials in new ways. The Ice Bucket, commissioned specially for Stealing Beauty, is made from test-tube glass.

pounds 40 from the ICA, 0171-925 2434

Cave Man Floor Light by Georg Baldele Inspired by childhood memories of playing with a measuring tape, the Cave Man Floor Light is made from a roll of industrial paper, that sits on a metal base. There is a light bulb in the middle of this and when the tape is extended it creates a cone-shape of paper which acts as the lampshade.

pounds 275 from Same, 0171-247 9992

Overdue Invoice Brick by Bump The Overdue Invoice Brick typifies the playful attitude of Mike Watson and Jon Morgan, aka Bump. It's part of their experiment with basic communication, objects that carry a message but avoid personal confrontation - you just put it through the window of someone who owes you money. Bump favours the craft approach - each brick is hand-finished. pounds 50 from Bump, 0171-407 7482

La Lu Cable Light by El Ultimo Grito Spanish design group El Ultimo Grito makes objects that are never quite finished until the user has got their hands on them. The La Lu Cable Light is inspired by baskets woven in Africa from recycled telephone wire. The bulb is powered by a length of orange flex, woven in on itself to form a shade

Not available to buy

`Stealing Beauty' is at the ICA, the Mall, London SW1, from 3 April- 23 May

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookA delicious collection of 50 meaty main courses
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Recruitment Genius: Client Manager

    £27000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A growing, successful, friendly...

    Recruitment Genius: Property Negotiator - OTE £20,000+

    £16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This family owned, independent ...

    Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Spanish Speaking

    £17000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

    Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - German Speaking

    £17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

    Day In a Page

    The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

    Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

    Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
    Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

    'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

    Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
    Compton Cricket Club

    Compton Cricket Club

    Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
    London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

    Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

    'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
    The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

    The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

    It helps a winner keep on winning
    Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

    Is this the future of flying?

    Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
    Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

    Isis are barbarians

    but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
    The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

    Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

    Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
    Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

    'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

    Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
    Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

    Call of the wild

    How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
    Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

    'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

    If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
    The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

    The science of swearing

    What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

    Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
    Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

    Africa on the menu

    Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
    Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

    Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

    The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'