interview by XERXES COOK
photography by SASA STUCIN
Working quickly and with an economy of gesture, the British designer Max lamb uses traditional, if not prehistoric, techniques to transform materials like marble, trees, and polyurethane rubber into highly covetable pieces of furniture that wouldn’t look out of place among the ruins of Stonehenge. This approach has made the 36-year-old one of the most sought-after designers today. This April alone, he will launch three distinct projects in Milan during the Salone del Mobile: the interiors of an Acne Studios store (he previously designed their shop on Madison Avenue, in new York city); a range of objects made from recycled textiles for Kvadrat, the design textile manufacturer; and a series of ceramics made in collaboration with the Italian company Bitossi. i caught up with the designer at his studio in north London to discuss the relationship between art and design, materials and meditation, and the aesthetics of primitivism.
XERXES COOK — The first time I came across your work was when you exhibited a range of stools cut from radioactive granite, sourced from china. Though they were finished with a super-slick polish, they still looked like a relic from our neolithic past. Is this sense of primitivism intentional, or have I insulted you by describing your work as such?
MAX LAMB — I think primitivism is a very fair description of a lot of my work. Even if the result isn’t always that primitive, the way of thinking perhaps is. Efficiency and immediacy are two words I consider and use a lot in my work: it’s about how quickly I can do something and how little needs to be done in order to extract a function out of a piece of raw material. It’s like: “Me, man. You, material. What do i need in order to transform you?” it’s not always about speed, but about economy or efficiency. I’m speaking with material, having a dialogue with it, and getting to know all the materials I work with, as there isn’t really a consistent thread in the materials I use. Huge amounts of research go into locating and identifying materials, often of the earth, and then figuring out what I can do with them.
XERXES COOK — Can you give me an example of a material you like to use?
MAX LAMB — Granite. It...
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