Gallery Exhibition l’ELAC, Lausanne
Curated by Andrea Caputo and Anniina Koivu, the “U-Joints” exhibition features the first chapter of an ongoing research initiated on the occasion of the Milan Design Week 2018
U-Joints is a research project led by Andrea Caputo and Anniina Koivu, as well as a group exhibition that explores the idea of connections in design. Initiated on the occasion of the Milan Design Week 2018, the firstU-Joints exhibition was an eclectic introduction to the topic of connections. Taking a look at the multifaceted world of joints, curators Andrea Caputo and Anniina Koivu broke joints open, organised them by material and production processes, reassembled them into prototypes, and used them in real-world applications. For eight days, U-Joints brought together 919 pieces – from the most common joints to design’s most innovative ones, as well as those that have had the greatest influence on contemporary design.
This captivating introduction launched the U-Joints research project, which is now in the process of investigating different kinds of connections even more deeply. Ultimately, the research project’s findings will be published in a large volume that examines joinery in furniture and product design.
U-Joints takes a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach. Featuring technical information about joinery as well as stories and commentaries, U-Joints looks at human history through its details, and invites us to see our built environment in whole new ways.
The ongoing U-Joints research is accompanied by a series of exhibitions. Each show reads like a chapter of the future book. The first chapter in this series is the current U-Joints exhibition at Galerie l’elac at ECAL/University of Art & Design Lausanne. Dedicated to very basic fasteners, the exhibition features a large selection of nails, screws, rivets, bolts and nuts, alongside products created by 20 international designers and a new taxonomy diagram created just for U-Joints.
Andrea Caputo says: “Within the world of ‘connections’ we imagine including any field of investigation, from architecture to product design to fashion. It is an extremely scalable concept, and we aim to investigate not only the fundamental constructive principles but also to conduct methodological analysis. The manufacture of the joint can coincide with an industrial, artisanal or extremely extemporaneous and experimental process.”
Anniina Koivu says: “Designers appropriate standard connectors; they assemble and personalise them. Sometimes, they invent new joinery from scratch. Always, they use joints to create unique objects. But because a joint is often invisible, hidden elegantly inside an object, it can pass by unnoticed. U-Joints seeks to change this.”
Featured joint projects
Massimiliano Adami, Ron Arad/Vitra, Camille Blin, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec/Magis, Joschua Brunn/UTIL, Thilo Brunner & Jörg Mettler, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni/Zanotta, Janez Cestnik/Aereform, Thomas Edison, Konstantin Grcic/Magis, Levi Strauss, Vico Magistretti/ DePadova, Enzo Mari, Ingo Maurer, Noah Guitars, Jasper Morrison/Alessi, Marc Newson, Gio Ponti/Olivari, Saara Renvall, Paul Schärer & Fritz Haller/USM, Swatch