‘The things that we do’ is a global design project that explores the connection between behaviours and objects. Historically, the specific nature of everyday routines such as eating, sleeping, socialising and playing has affected the design of the objects that we use. The project begins in East Africa, the cradle of human civilization.
This project is a collaboration between British design studio NEON and Kenyan furniture company 98 Crafted. Both NEON and 98 crafted are interested in how design is linked to a local culture, and are worried about homogenisation of cultures all around the world. Through the tradition of storytelling, they will discover and translate local habits into objects co-designed with artisans.
The project will be exhibited at Design Week Addis Ababa (11-17 February 2019) and Nairobi Design Week (17-23 March 2019)
The project is supported by the British Council’s East Africa Arts Programme under the ‘new Arts new Audiences’ grant, an annual open call for 18-35 year old artists, organisations and collectives from Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, South Sudan, Sudan and Tanzania.
James Shaw X British Council
James Shaw’s plastic extrusion gun allows common plastics to be recycled into unique products. In collaboration with the British Council, he will share his knowledge in Nairobi by running interactive workshops and exhibiting his creations, and will bring with him objects from the PlasticScene exhibit, which debuted at London Design Festival 2018.