No Randomness

4 Mar — 1 Apr 2017 at The Aram Gallery in London, United Kingdom

No Randomness. Courtesy of The Aram Gallery
No Randomness. Courtesy of The Aram Gallery
22 FEB 2017

The Aram Gallery is pleased to present No Randomness by Oscar Lhermitte, an exhibition of 15 industrial designs with an interesting rationale.

Why does an A4 piece of paper measure 210mm x 297mm? Why is a stop sign shaped like an octagon? And what's the reason for a pint glass's ungainly bulge? No Randomness will explain the design logic behind a range of humble products that serve us every day. From packing peanuts to bottle caps, manhole covers and the 50p coin, the exhibition aims to show these products and systems are far from being randomly conceived, and have been expertly designed for economy and practicality. The bulge on a pint glass, for example, lets air pass between stacked glasses so they don’t get stuck together. Packing peanuts interlock when squeezed together, protecting the object they surround.

Inviting Oscar Lhermitte to exhibit No Randomness is in line with The Aram Gallery’s culture and aim to promote understanding of contemporary design. The designer says: "Exposing and questioning the object is an integral part of the designer’s job. These objects each have an ‘ingenious’ detail that enables them to fulfil their function to perfection."

The exhibition will be an update of the version originally conceived for the International Design Biennale Saint Etienne in 2015.

Oscar Lhermitte is a French multidisciplinary designer based in London. He graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2009 in Product Design and from the Royal College of Art in Design Product in 2011. His body of work ranges from industrial design to photography, video, curating exhibitions, set design, art direction, and consulting.