B
2015
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2017
Furniture Design supported by the David Collins Foundation
2016
Jewellery Design
2010
Graphic Novels
2010
Graphic Novels
C
2012
Product Design
2012
Product Design
F
2010
Graphic Novels
2006
Furniture Design
2016
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2017
Furniture Design supported by the David Collins Foundation
G
2015
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
H
2001
Landscape Design
2014
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2016
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2008
Lighting Design
K
2012
Product Design
2003
Graphic Design
2018
Twenty Fifth Anniversary Awards
2002
Fashion Design
2016
Jewellery Design
L
2012
Product Design
2014
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
M
2017
Furniture Design supported by the David Collins Foundation
2010
Graphic Novels
2017
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2016
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
N
2003
Graphic Design
P
2014
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2017
Furniture Design supported by the David Collins Foundation
R
2016
Jewellery Design
2017
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
S
2016
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2015
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2017
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
v
2014
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
V
2016
Jewellery Design
W
1996
Furniture Design
2017
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation

Studio Silo

Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation - Shortlisted 2016

London-based Silo Studio was born out of the partnership of Attua Aparicio and Oscar Wanless whilst studying for their Design Products MA at the Royal College of Art (2009-2011). Their strong collaborative work is based on their backgrounds of engineering and design with the focus of their practice aimed at making and developing materials that expose the expressive potential of industrial material; bringing craft and technology together to challenge what ‘materiality’ really is.

Their first artistic endeavour has included the innovation of Not So Expanded Polystyrene (NSEP) which, unlike traditional polystyrene, is expanded after it goes into the mould, therefore producing a denser, stronger and more durable material. The pair have taken the idea further and instead of using industrial metal moulds, have created high tensile textile ones that allow unique and textured forms, only made possible by this method. Using this method to produce a range of furniture including tables, chairs and shelving, the duo were brought to the attention of the Design Museum who nominated them for ‘Designs of the Year’ in 2012.

Inspired by the potential of textile moulds, Attua and Oscar have developed ‘textile moulded glass’. Using a high temperature silica textile that remains stable, tensile and flexible at the very high temperatures required to melt glass. The process then involves making hand stitched moulds into which the borosilicate glass is blown to make functional drinking ware and vases. This work has led to a commission for the Danish brand Hay/Wrong for Hay.

A common thread through Silo’s studio practice is to explore variety and uniqueness whilst using moulds, which would normally standardise results. Often Silo use flexible moulds to achieve this, but also looking at other physical principles and using colour to get uniqueness in moulding, such as their most recent project Newton’s Bucket that uses spin casting of multi coloured acrylic reinforced gypsum to freeze liquid flow through inertia and centrifuge to make bowls, creating tools to disrupt and describe the motion, carefully controlling the direction and speed of the rotation before the fluid sets into a permanent concave form.