5: Spiked objects

punk tap by Dominic Wilcox

I’m posting the objects I made to hang in my window at Selfridges department store during their Festival of Imagination. This spike idea came about when I saw a photo of a pile of metal studs/spikes and thought that they looked visually interesting. I tried to imagine objects covered in spikes and thought about what would be the most unexpected juxtaposition between spike and object. After a few hours of thought going through possible objects, which usually means me just sitting still staring into thin air while my mind wanders, I gave up and put the idea to one side. Then later in the bathroom I looked at the tap and thought about the idea of chrome on chrome. I thought it would be interesting to combine chromed spikes with chrome objects, giving the appearance that the object is one piece, in one material. I also enjoyed the idea of making safe, functional objects appear dangerous.

Taps are usually smooth and clinical objects so it was interesting to mess with that by breaking up the aesthetic with the sharp shapes of the spikes. I played with various types of tap designs and location of the spikes but eventually settled on this Mohican style.

Looking around at what other polished stainless steel objects are common in our world I decided on using a teapot. I liked the simple curve of the pot and its contrast with the spikes.

spike teapot by Dominic WIlcox

spike teapot by Dominic Wilcox
spike hip flask by Dominic Wilcox

Finally I made this spiked, hip flask. Care for a drink?

(All photographs above were takenby my friends atPec studio.)

Spiked objects

Hanging in my Selfridges ‘Variations on Normal’ window.

These spiked objects were designed and made by me, Dominic Wilcox for mySelfridges windowduring theFestival of Imaginationstarting Jan 7, 2014 onwards. Check back on mybloglots more of the things I made over the next few days. I’ve got abookcoming out this year also, oh and I’m also on twitterhere, say hello.

4: Bugle Alarm Clock

bugle alarm clock by Dominic Wilcox

If you a sleeping through your alarm bell perhaps this Bugle Alarm Clock I’ve made may interest you. This prototype alarm clock is fitted with mini air compressor and thin vibrating rubber membrane to mimic lip vibrations. (photo by my friendsPec studio.)

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Wake up alarm person inspiration.

Bugle Alarm Clock was designed and made by me, Dominic Wilcox for mySelfridges windowduring theFestival of Imaginationstarting Jan 7, 2014 onwards. Check back on mybloglots more of the things I made over the next few days. I’ve got abookcoming out this year also, oh and I’m also on twitterhere, say hello.

3: Umbrella with inbuilt plant pots

万博bet多米尼克·威尔科克斯umbrella

Here I am checking for rain on the streets of London. PhotobyPec studio.

In these busy times, the ability to do two things at once is always a welcome bonus. Here I have invented an umbrella that simultaneously allows the watering of your plants while walking in the rain.

This idea was one of the first I came up when I sat down to think up the ideas for mySelfridges windowat theFestival of Imagination.

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My sketch of the idea.

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The plant pots are attached to the umbrella fabric with perfect holes cut around the pot rim.

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After attaching theplant pots, the tray is added to catch any excess water.

Plant pot umbrella by Dominic Wilcox

The Plant Pot Umbrella hanging in my Selfridges window, Oxford st.

Umbrella with inbuilt plant pots was designed and made by me, Dominic Wilcox for mySelfridges windowduring theFestival of Imaginationstarting Jan 7, 2014.Check back on mybloglots more of the things I made over the next few days. I’ve got abookcoming out this year also,oh and I’m also on twitterhere