In Spring 2017 Local Heroes and SWG3 approached us with a dream project - a challenge to the norms we had been used to in our industry and a challenge to us. The brief is wide-open: in a large outdoor events space, design unknown objects that can also be used as furniture

“Eccentric? Ephemeral? Rude? Emotional? What would the design objects of today look like if designers had the freedom to work with more radical approaches?”

This is the question posed by design curator and founder of Local Heroes, Stacey Hunter. The project Galvanize! creates an opportunity for designers to consider The Galvanizer’s outdoor space at the arts hub  SWG3 in the context of shelter, shade and seating with a vision that is exuberant and captivating.

We were finally able to use our instincts with no guidelines, sketches or pre-conceived ideas and we were encouraged to take responsibility and to think ambitiously about all aspects of the project from the user research, materials and functions of the final product.

Galvanize! will be unveiled during the first ever Hypermarket event taking place at the end of this month, at SWG3.

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Making space for radical design 

The starting point for ‘Galvanize!’ is an essay by Paul Goldberger (Design Research, 2010) proposing that the dream of modern design made available to everyone has broadly come true — from Ikea to IPhones, never before have more people been able to enjoy modern design. The consequence of design moving to the centre however, is that space for creativity in design has been reduced — what was once radical is now commonplace. Local Heroes responds with Galvanize! offering the design team creative freedom and encourages an experimental approach that embraces the avant-garde, the unpredictable and the playful.

Local Heroes & SWG3

Local Heroes is a cultural project which works to promote Scottish design at home and internationally and SWG3’s expansion is an exciting test bed for presenting new ideas about the role of design in everyday life.

Located in Glasgow’s West End, SWG3 houses design studios, a gallery, club nights, and mini-festivals and is home to a community of over 120 creatives.

The SWG3 public programme is generously funded by Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise.

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A short video of us playing and drawing with objects all day long at SWG3's gallery space for Galvanize! During our Play Day we were coming up with ideas, testing materials and shapes, having fun and eating chocolate between all these activities. 

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