Mark LabanMark Laban

2016年にセントラル・セント・マーチンズにて家具デザインの修士号を取得。現在はオーダーメイド家具の注文を受注する家具デザイナーとしてとしてロンドンで活動している。最近の作品はロンドンのAram Galleryにて展示されている。Rustic Stool 1.0が2017年のWood AwardsにてStudent Prizeを受賞。

KYOTO Design Lab Project







ジュリア・カセム 特任教授[京都工芸繊維大学 KYOTO Design Lab]
多田羅景太 助教[京都工芸繊維大学]
井上智博[KYOTO Design Lab デジタルファクトリー]
山下真[KYOTO Design Labウッドファクトリー]

Mark Laban has a BA in Fine Art and graduated from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London in 2016 with an MA in Design specialising in furniture. His practice is based in London where he works as a furniture designer and maker undertaking bespoke commissions. Mark’s recent work has been exhibited in London’s Aram Gallery, and his ‘Rustic Stool 1.0’ was selected as winner of the Wood Awards student/graduate designer category in 2017.

KYOTO Design Lab Project

How can digital manufacturing techniques can be used to preserve, translate and extend Japanese traditional joinery skills and knowledge to new contexts?

How can this knowledge be transferable through open source means to those who are digitally literate or digitally unaware?

The focus of design education in this digital age has inevitably been on the use of ICT to develop product concepts. This has been to the detriment of materials-based making skills and the iterative prototyping that underpins this form of concept development. ICT is a wonderful tool in any design and manufacturing process. However, if used exclusively in the development of design ideas, it can lead to an impoverished understanding of materials behaviour, which is crucial to good design in any medium particularly where natural materials are concerned.

This shift from analogue to digital practice has brought with it a second problem. The ageing of a generation of craftspeople who acquired their skills in a pre-digital age means that the implicit experience-based knowledge built up over generations is in danger of being lost unless it can be translated into digital formats that are accessible to young designers who are unfamiliar with traditional conventions and practice. Similarly, a new generation of craftspeople will need to understand how to harness digital manufacturing techniques to complement their traditional skills.

A CNC specialist furniture designer Mark Laban’s work brings together traditional and contemporary craft through the language of digital manufacturing technology. The aim of his Design Associate project is to explore how digital manufacturing techniques can be used to preserve, translate and extend Japanese traditional joinery skills and knowledge to new contexts and find open source means by which derelict forest timber can be used.

He will work with a Kyoto temple carpenter, a rural logging community in Kyoto Prefecture and materials scientists.

Project Team
Professor Julia Cassim, KYOTO Design Lab
Associate Professor Keita Tatara, Kyoto Institute of Technology
Tomohiro Inoue, KYOTO Design Lab Digital Factory
Shin Yamashita, KYOTO Design Lab Wood Factory

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