Claire Danthois to exhibit at Robert Mills Architectural Antiques
PUBLISHED: 16:29 16 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:50 20 February 2013
Bristol artist Claire Danthois is at the forefront of the sustainable design movement and expresses her belief in environmental responsibility through the creation of provocative, functional sculptures built exclusively from reclaimed materials.
Bristol artist Claire Danthois is at the forefront of the sustainable design movement and expresses her personal belief in environmental responsibility through the creation of provocative, functional sculptures built exclusively from reclaimed materials. Danthois philosophy is rooted in the belief that the former lives of found objects provide a rich context and an intrinsic beauty that enhances her work.
Danthois began her foray into the arts at Filton College in Bristol, where she received high marks in Art & Design courses, later graduating from Plymouth University in 2007 with a degree in 3D Design Making. Finding inspiration in human anatomy and the natural world, Claire began working with metals during her time at Plymouth shaping furniture into organic forms using steel rods. This experience fueled Claires further exploration in building three-dimensional forms, ultimately resulting in her reclaimed timber series titled "Once Discarded". Danthois first gained recognition in 2007 for the "Once Discarded" collection; the "Once a Door" chair in particular was awarded first place in British newspaper The Guardians "Top 10 Eco Furniture" article and METRO Home magazine named it one of "Finest Recycled" designs of the year.
"When using reclaimed materials I feel as though I am also reclaiming a small part of the soul or spirit of the original object and that this adds meaning to the work," said Danthois. "In a world in which disposability has become commonplace, its comforting to know that items of value may be created from objects that others may feel have outlived their usefulness."
Claires works have been displayed primarily in London, at the Eco Design Fair, New Designers Fair and The Islington Contemporary Art Fair, to name a few. In late 2007, Claires award-wining piece, "Once a Door", was exhibited at the Utterubbish SIT UP [re]Design in Singapore. A recent project was a collaboration with Newton Vineyard entitled "Re-Inspired Elements: A Tasting Installation." A limited edition series of five wine tasting bars, "Re-Inspired Elements" (one of which is currently installed here in Bristol ) reflects the parties shared philosophy of an artistic interaction with nature. This will be on display in Bristol until it goes to its new home in October.
In partnership with Robert Mills Architectural Antiques, Claire is currently producing custom commissions of her award-winning "Once a Door" chairs. In the coming year Claire aims to create a series of other pieces of furniture as part of her "Once Discarded" concept. Claire Danthois currently resides and works in Bristol, where she hopes to ultimately design and build her own sustainable home.
An exhibition of some of Claire's work take place at the showrooms of Robert Mills on 16th September 6:30 - 8:30pm.
Robert Mills Architectural & Decorative Antiques Narroways Road, Bristol BS2 9XB
Tel: +00 44 (0)117 9556542
Fax: +00 44 (0)117 9558146