Melbourne Design Week 2018 is underway and us RUDE Guys were relating to this article featured in The Age newspaper’s M insert last weekend. All the individual stories were of interest to us, as they involved the reuse of stuff, by designers.
Us RUDE Guys are not designing for sale and profit however we reuse and repair, and occasionally we will reinvent and revamp our secondhand finds. Whilst flashy upcycling is not our aesthetic, we can definitely appreciate what’s involved. And that’s why we enjoyed reading the article and finding out more about the designers, and what’s on during Melbourne Design Week.
And from the article these were the paragraphs [refer below in orange italics] that made an impression. Why? Because we agree with Dale Hardiman Designer that this is how we could be living in our homes.
[“Only a handsaw, drill and screws are used for construction,” he explains. “I took away any machining and CAD. None of the work was sketched. It’s about the intuitiveness of making. I use rudimentary tools to display the ease with which we can reuse these objects to have structural capabilities.”
Hardiman hopes to inspire others to get on the tools. In his eyes our homes are veritable mini-factories capable of local production.
“Furniture manufacture requires buying hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of machinery to [mass] produce objects,” he says. “[But] the average household is like a workshop; with gas and electric ovens.”]
The RUDE Home is a very private place. Daily, we share an incredible amount on-line, that’s why we prefer to keep our home space private. Sometimes we feel like we lead authentic double lives. We like to meet people out in public because it gets us out and about and also keeps us socially connected. We travel once or twice a month as Mend It, Australia and visit repair cafes and similar events.
For us, our house [the building] is like a makerspace, large shed or garage – a thriving workshop for repair and maintenance jobs that are never ending, in our mission to keep things out of landfill, and money in our pockets.
It is not unthinkable for us to be pulling apart a chainsaw on our antique wooden dining room table. Or sewing in the main bedroom that’s now a studio. Or fixing a sewing machine on our kitchen’s bench. Or cutting out fabric for curtains in the entrance hall or on the kitchen floor.
Beat The Man, hire out your own space for free, and be industrious from home!!