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Authorship

Miguel Rios with the collaboration of Telma Barrelas


Support

IMO - Inspired Memorable Objects


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MR¯D/prj.14


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Product

Gallery

Miguel Rios is represented by Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

Exhibition

Future Memory | 17.09 — 02.10.2013
at Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art



Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art presents an exhibition by Miguel Rios. Constituted by design objects, the show is an installation built around two object typologies: variations on a device not included in our lexicon of daily objects (but that we could describe as inhalers), and one table. If the first group does not possess a nomenclature, as its objects do not have any associated tradition of social or personal function, the table belongs to an age-old lexicon that makes it recognizable by a name, a function and a typological set.

Let’s start by the nameless objects.


They are ceramic and glass devices, being that one of them (made of glass) stands out due to its complexity. These pieces emanate from the memory of devices pertaining to a laboratorial universe, consecutively redesigned and refitted to fulfill the function of providing an olfactory experience to their future and hypothetical users. Composite pieces reminiscent of a thermal baths’ ambiance of inhalation, vapor, and odor; they are opaque in their feminine form and (hélas!) transparent in their masculine version. Their gender is determined by their names: Winnie and Willie, names taken from Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, a play written in 1961. This association with Beckett’s text permeates the ambiance produced for the presentation of these objects, specifically through the reference to Winnie’s feminine figure who, free from all causality and enigmatically half-buried in the ground, recalls her past while going through the contents of her purse. Within Beckett’s body of work the past does not exist as causality but as the production of an agent. Based in this universe, the object conceived by Miguel Rios is a memory producing device, one that shapes the way how we relate to the construction of a past.

In this sense, Miguel Rios’ inhalers are devices that possess a particular function – they can be used to sense odors from the past, such as the scent of rain on dry earth, or a scent reminiscent of childhood, somewhere in the countryside, a function signaled by a perfume pump sprayer and a respirator. Through its medical connotation, this function is associated with a tradition of inhaling devices, such as nebulizers and vaporizers, all belonging to the universe of thermal baths, or sanatoriums, which are by excellence the literary place for the production of memories – i.e., its construction for the future, as it happens in the work of Thomas Mann. Taking on another perspective; within the artistic context the phenomenology of odor and its application to breathing and sharing are intimately associated with Neo-Concrete Brazilian Art, as it was personified by Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica. Namely, in Clark’s production of the devices we today call relational and in Oiticica’s scented Bólides (smelling of coffee, for example), works that function both as memory detonators and as games of recognition.

The same happens with these pieces: they are a game of recognition, allowing the exploration of olfactory universes that can themselves build memories, and refer to the future construction of a past. They are “hopeful futilitarian” objects, as Robert Brustein once described Winnie.

The three tables belong to a set of office furniture, currently in development and presented here as a concept, in their project version. The contrast between the mirror’s rigor and opulence, the precision of its finish, possess an almost theatrical – but certainly performative – connotation.

Developed in partnership with IMO as part of an office furniture line, they branch from an office furniture typology reminiscent of the 1950s modernist universe. Their current version, subtly asymmetrical (the in-line installation reinforces this asymmetry), corresponds to a limited edition of five copies and may one day be part of a corporate office furniture line. Their adaptation to an office system that will implement their functionalities is currently being developed (by a team that also includes Telma Barrelas, Miguel Rios’ collaborator).

Worthy of note, the mirror surface is produced in stainless steel, a material that unlike glass allows the production of a perfect mirror, one that does not duplicate the image on its surface. The tables’ chromaticity is nuanced by the MDF edges with their lacquered earth tones, tempering its cold universe with one more reference to the materials (wood, metal, and Formica) that were most common in the beginning of the modern age, the age of office furniture, something already belonging to our collective memory.

The exhibition ambiance is enveloped by the same scenic dimension, as a stage for an action – one which will only develop in the game of recognition we accept to play; producing, as a future memory, the reinvented scents from our past.

Delfim Sardo
September 2013

Pirson Chair

2010

Client

APPLETON SQUARE +

EMPTY CUBE Project


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MR¯D/prj.12


Cat.

Furniture

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Description

Pirson Chair

After the intervention of thirteen artists, João Silvério, curator of the Empty Cube, has instigated a new series of projects which is open to designers. The Miguel Rios Design office is inaugurating this new phase with the piece Pirson: “Je pourrais aussi regarder la chaise comme un object (parmi d’autres)...” , with this participation being part of its cycle of collaborations with the worlds of art and architecture.


Invited to intervene in one of its spaces of choice, the CUBE, and taking the relationship between Art and Design as its leitmotif, the theoretical/conceptual framework of this project in the study of mental schemes of impossibilities versus the function of the object can be synthesised.

For this, Miguel Rios and his team discussed the research and conclusions of Jean François Pirson, Donald Judd, and Louis Albert Necker in the dualities of art and design, minimalism and optical illusion, perception and impossibilities. The outcome is an object whose multiple dimensions are demonstrated at one and the same time. The intention with this work is to give form and substance to ideas and results, through the praise or disagreement with the authors mentioned, and going beyond originality, aesthetics and functionality.

Pirson: “Je pourrais aussi regarder la chaise comme un object (parmi d’autres)...” is taken more as a statement of the office’s reasoning process, imbued in its multiple influences and as a vehicle for interpreting the ideas and convictions of the head designer.

Photographic credits Pedro Cláudio

(SUM)one

2009

Client

ExperimentaDesign'09


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MR¯D/prj.11


Cat.

Mobiliário

Description

(SUM)one

(SUM)one is the final outcome of a collaboration between Miguel Rios Design and the artist Ângela Ferreira. Taking the building that houses the newly-inaugurated MUDE - Museu do Design e da Moda in Lisbon as a starting point, a whole series of exercises in appropriation have been generated. These have involved architecture, the plastic arts and design, the political, economic and social contexts and the historical relations between Lisbon/Portugal and Maputo/Mozambique.


(SUM)one is a piece that synthesises the various facets of a project that embraces the ‘all in one’ concept explored by Joe Colombo in his 1963 Mini Kitchen – one of the major references of Miguel Rios, head designer of the atelier.

Working closely with FABRI Cozinhas, which gave him all the assistance and technical advice necessary, (SUM)one may be described as a table plus storage and two seats in a functional unit that can be used by two people: as piece of kitchen furniture, a mini-office, or a place for meals. Its structural form and the materials used (Corian®, glossy and matt lacquered MDF, nappa and metal fixtures by Blum®) mean that it can be used indoors and outdoors.

System [re]Active

2009

Client

Self Iniciated


Ref.

MR¯D/prj.10


Cat.

Technology | Textile

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Awards

Description

System [re]Active

A Modular System | Assembly Kit composed of four components for the construction of two types of bags / containers, and of two additional pluggable pockets. System (re)Active is the result of the System 2k07 redesign process, upholding the use in the urban context, the ludic manipulation of components and multiple alternatives. System (re)Active is available in twelve colours and in two different prints.


Since its inception, the System project has been defined as an open design system, where, as a permanent work in progress, new features and solutions are developed, according to internally defined project-related premises, and emerging issues that may influence the better performance of the products. After the success achieved by the System 2k07 and eighteen months after the launch of the first articles in the line, based on the experience acquired, the market response and a set of tests carried out with users, the System (re)Active was born.

As the name itself suggests, we reactivated the System 2k07, solving a series of issues identified with the various actors: the general public, users, the media, traders, the manufacturing company, a specialised technological centre and competing companies and brands. Some of the topics were examined in more depth, details were developed, models were tested and new approaches were considered in order to respond to criticisms and the new market paradigms we face today. It is the philosophy of MR?D to have a very critical overview over their results, not closing their creations on themselves and not forgetting the contributions that new perspectives may have on their work. So, as the relationship that MR?D has with the created products is important, it is also considered very significant the relationship the public might have with them. Involving the public in the creative process of redesign, the System (re)Active is for us, as designers of the product, the result of a collective effort: in addition to our role as designers, the public is directly involved in problem solving and suggesting new approaches. Always focused on the product, it is from the conclusions of this exercise of double dialectic MR?D-Object and Public-Object, that we believe that the System line will attain conceptual, formal and functional maturity.

The System (re)Active is the result, perhaps not the final one, of a product that is defined as a transformation of its predecessor System 2k07, with a strong commercial component and formal / functional evolution. Different, no doubt, but also a real avatar, which aims to be a strategic motor for the development of the MR?D, and yet another example of the viability of the products designed and made in Portugal.

The launch of the system (re)Active took place on May 29th, 2009, in Space Oficina - Complementary space of Galeria Fernando Santos for alternative projects in Oporto, with the support of Appleton Square.

On the 7th November 2009, the System Project was awarded with the National Design Award - Sena da Silva, in the Fashion / Textile category . The National Design Awards, granted every two years, is an initiative of the Portuguese Design Centre, sponsored by Caixa Geral de Depósitos and with the High Sponsorship of His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic, Prof. Dr. Aníbal Cavaco Silva. The Sena da Silva Award distinguishes companies and designers in the areas of Equipment / Industrial, Communication / Graphic, Environments, Fashion / Textile and Jewellery, and for the 2009 edition had as jury designer Henrique Cayatte and designer Beatriz Vidal, respectively President and Vice President of the Portuguese Design Centre; Dr. Suzana Ferreira on behalf of Caixa Geral de Depósitos; Dr. Pedro Matias, Vice President of IAPMEI Institute for Support to Small and Medium Companies; Dr. Barbara Coutinho, President of MUDE - Museum of Design and Fashion, designer Nuno Sá Leal from the Portuguese Association of Designers, and the designers specialists in various areas: Eduardo Afonso Dias, Francisco Providência, Filipe Alarcão, Eduarda Abbondanza and Ana Campos.

System 2k07

2007

Client

Self Iniciated


Ref.

MR¯D/prj.09


Cat.

Technology | Textile

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Description

System 2k07

A Modular System | Assembly Kit which includes seven components for building a set of bags / containers, for use in an urban context, based on the added value of being able to play with the various components which constitute it, providing a wide variety of alternatives. This system will be associated with other systems, through other modular products. System 2k07 is available in six different colours and in white (limited edition).
(Registered Community Design n.º 000809215 on 10/15/2007)


Apart from fostering individual expression, the modularity and guided construction are an added value of the System 2k07, given that each user can adapt it according to his/her needs and mobility, by manipulating an integrated product, from the perspective of a coordinated image. By being able to combine only seven components, which make up the System 2k07 assembly kit, five types of bags / containers can be assembled: BOX, LAPTOP, POCKET, PORTFOLIO and STREET, variations of the same kit, whose easy handling is a must for this type of product. Likewise, the Drizzle System, apart from the possibility of adding it to the System 2k07 and thus acting as its first extension, is the fastest optimal solution for individual protection. The possibility of adding / replacing other parts, when desired by any user, always under the concept of DIY – do it yourself – defines this system which is under constant expansion, work in progress design, in which new elements may eventually become part of and / or replace older elements. The System line is, and always will be at heart, an open design system.

The launch of the System 2k07, on October 13th 2007, was backed by Cristina Guerra – Contemporary Art, Vera Cortês- Agência de Arte and Appleton Square.

On the 7th November 2009, the System Project was awarded with the National Design Award - Sena da Silva, in the Fashion / Textile category . The National Design Awards, granted every two years, is an initiative of the Portuguese Design Centre, sponsored by Caixa Geral de Depósitos and with the High Sponsorship of His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic, Prof. Dr. Aníbal Cavaco Silva. The Sena da Silva Award distinguishes companies and designers in the areas of Equipment / Industrial, Communication / Graphic, Environments, Fashion / Textile and Jewellery, and for the 2009 edition had as jury designer Henrique Cayatte and designer Beatriz Vidal, respectively President and Vice President of the Portuguese Design Centre; Dr. Suzana Ferreira on behalf of Caixa Geral de Depósitos; Dr. Pedro Matias, Vice President of IAPMEI Institute for Support to Small and Medium Companies; Dr. Barbara Coutinho, President of MUDE - Museum of Design and Fashion, designer Nuno Sá Leal from the Portuguese Association of Designers, and the designers specialists in various areas: Eduardo Afonso Dias, Francisco Providência, Filipe Alarcão, Eduarda Abbondanza and Ana Campos.

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