Mark Laban’s furniture balances at the intersection where traditional and contemporary craft meet. Underpinned by a cycle of research and development, his approach to design is firmly rooted in experimentation through making, materials and production process. Mark’s ongoing ‘Rustic’ series has developed through a process-driven approach to design engaging directly with the manufacturing technique itself: a 3-axis CNC router.
The machine’s functionality becomes an integral part of the design process, where idiosyncrasies and imperfections influence the development of the product. By manipulating variables in the software through playful and experimental intervention, unexpected surfaces are created that deviate from the smooth perfected geometries associated with the conventional application of this technology. These artificially generated rough textures evoke the raw state of the material in it’s natural form, defining the objects with a hybrid aesthetic that nuances rusticity through the language of the machine.
Mark was shortlisted for the the MullenLowe Nova Award in 2016, has been awarded the London Design Fair’s Associate Prize at New Designers 2017, and has recently been shortlisted for the Wood Awards 2017 student designer category.