Digital Explorers

Digital Explorers, the celebratory opening show at London's fantastic new Creative Industries centre, runs until 12 March.
"Technology is a crucial key to British design success," says Matthew Lewis, manager of London's fantastic new £4.5 million purpose-built Creative Industries centre, in Aldgate, E1. It is helping designers do everything digital, with world-beating 21st century printers, lasers, routers, and "rapid prototyping" machines for metal, plaster, nylon and resin.

There are unique "pay as you go" workspaces for designers. Digital Explorers, its celebratory opening show, has astounding new digital art and design from Antony Gormley, Tord Boontje, Michael Marriott, Committee, and laser-etched bricks by Timorous Beasties.

A file for Gormley's iron sculpture (right) was first created in computer-aided design (CAD) software. The piece was then computer-numerically controlled (CNC) and routed from modelling foam, before being cast in iron and finished by hand.

Michael Marriott's 'Sunsum' stool was inspired by traditional African stools and head rests, but carved from timber by machine, using CNC routing.

"It's this inspired type of work that can distinguish British design from the rest of the world," adds Lewis.

Digital Explorers: until 12 March 2009. Free admission.
41 Commercial Road (Weyhill Road entrance), E1; 020 7320 1827;; from 11am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and from 11am to 4pm on Saturdays.

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