Whilst researching project ideas I came across an article on theweek.co.uk by Stephen Bayley, which discussed heritage in design and suggested that the past is continually reimagined; there are no new ideas, just reinterpretations of existing forms.
This started me thinking about Steampunk (a style that I’m particularly intrigued by) and the way that vintage industrial pieces have been reinterpreted into modern functioning objects, combining technology and mechanized objects. Roland (2015), suggested that in an age of mass produced, technologically advanced products, steampunk offers a way to reconnect with the functionality of objects.
This reminded me of a collection of equipment I own from a 1950s Lancashire haulage garage. The firm was based in the heart of rural Lancashire primarily supplying coal to the outlying farms. It struck me how industry is usually associated with urban environments, rather than rural areas, when actually industry is a key part of rural heritage.
Is there a way that objects of the Ribble Valley’s industrial heritage (such as those pictured below) can be reimagined as contemporary design pieces?
images: JHolgate, Nov 2016
featured image: Holmes Mill, Clitheroe – JHolgate, Oct 2016
Reference and reverence: Heritage in automotive design. Stephen Bayley, Jun 29 2016, http://www.theweek.co.uk [accessed 02.11.16]
Steampunk: Back to the Future with the New Victorians. Roland, Paul (2015). Oldcastle Books.