Between the 24th & 26th May 2016 the internationally-renowned design event, Clerkenwell Design Week, welcomed thousands of design hungry visitors. The new master-plan for Clerkenwell Design week held wayfinding of paramount importance and Giles Miller Studio’s partnership with British Ceramic Tile provided a unique solution in a fun and engaging fashion with Billboards.
The brilliance of Giles Miller Studio’s sculptures was recognised by judges Ab Rogers, Tina Norden, Bethan Wood, Jenny and Sacha Leong and awarded the Temporary Structure: Surface Design Award 2017.
Billboards both represents the functional sculptural artworks that the Giles Miller Studio is known for, as well as the studio’s ongoing creative development.
“Billboards is the latest manifestation of our highly conceptual project work, realised with the help of an open-minded partner in British Ceramic Tile. These huge glass sculptures will be an intriguing showcase for British Ceramic Tile’s products as well as a wonderful expression of our studio’s creative freedom.” Giles Miller
The generously-sized sculptures, which were approximately 3.3m wide x 2.4m high, were located at key CDW destinations including Kingsway Place (outside the House of Detention), Clerkenwell Close and Clerkenwell Road (opposite Vitra).
Composed of over 8,000 hand-crafted glass tiles, in an array of vibrant matte and metallic colours, each of the four structures adopts a scale-like composition with overlapping tiles that create a sense of depth and movement. The sculptures were also lit up from within, and omitted a warm glow at nightfall, rendering them functional at all hours of the day.
Congratulations to Contact Giles Miller Studio on their well deserved award, the judges commented that the project was… ‘a simple use of materials to create stand out pieces for festival visitors.’ ‘The function of the structure is fulfilled very well.’ ‘The nice combination of light provides an experience when you walk past it.’