Unit 1: Design

Tomáš Gabzdil Libertíny

Tomáš Gabzdil Libertíny created the piece The Honeycomb Vase "Made by Bees" in 2006. Libtertíny formed a vase-shaped beehive scaffold and placed it accessible to a group of bees. The group of bees began to build the hive inside the scaffold mould, layering it. The vase took forty thousand bees and a week to complete. Libertíny named this process as “slow manufacturing”. This process is interesting to look at whilst I focus on beehive’s as the bees work together in a group to create their hive’s.

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The protectiveness and bond bees have for one another and particularly their hive mirrors the protectiveness and bond my family and I have for each other and our home. 

I choose to make a door handle based on a bee hive because of the protectiveness and bond they share. The hive as a door handle represents the love they feel for their home, just like the love I feel for mine. 

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The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fairytale fantasy novels by C.S Lewis and is the author's best-known work. Originally published in London between 1950 and 1956 and later transformed into film, television, stage and radio. The novel presents a magical world through a wardrobe where mythical beasts live. The novel is considered a classic in children's literature, having sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages. 



Tim Walker

Tim Walker, (born 1970) is a photographer who sets scenes which have a mystic, fairytale theme with theatrical settings, lighting and costumes. I have used Walker as an influence as I like how he transforms spaces to feel like fairytales. Walker states “I’m the sort of photographer who won’t ‘finish’ a picture until I’ve taken it as far as I can take it.” Which mirrors many fairytales which take creativity to the extreme; such as ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’ with their unique and imaginative story lines. 

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Fairytale Theme

Fairytales play a role in society as a form of guidance as well as distorting a sense of reality. Fairytales often bring sense of the unknown, a sense of magic and hope of what the future may hold. I feel like this relates to door handles as when you push or pull a door handle you are entering or leaving a room into the unknown which can be exciting and nerve racking. 

Fairytales and door handles share a connection of telling a story as with every door handle touched there are people travelling to different rooms and places, both bad and good. Wether it is to work, home, the hospital, a party.. these are all key moments in our lives we first experience by the touch of a door handle; presenting its role door handles have in our life journey and essentially our life story.  Just like fairytales which particularly influence stories on children through their tales, teaching them important lessons in life and sparking a curiosity of the unknown; influencing their lives from a young age.