Future of Craft

Fung & Bedford

What do you do and what are you most proud of in your making/designing history?

We are currently working on the largest project we’ve ever undertaken. We are to design, fold and install over 50 rooms of a London West End corporate building. So far it has taken us over 2 years of working with interior architects, contractors and joiners to be able to create and deliver what we do. The interior architects found us on Google, and we were invited to meet for a show and tell – they loved what we do (at the time in 2016 we were in the swirly organic phase), and they tried to push our concept to their clients but alas, it wasn’t what the clients were looking for. So we’ve worked closely with the architects to create something completely new to us and to them – and lo and behold, we made it to their 1 of 6 “experimental concept rooms” in 2017, and were chosen for the full refurb project.

It has taken us over 200 metres of paper and over 2km of stainless steel cable and numerous other fixings (all of which are in the hundreds if not thousands mark) to assemble this mammoth project. Not to mention that we have worked tirelessly for the past 8 months in scoring, cutting and folding to deliver this project. We will begin installing in early May and finish around July.

Where do you work and what materials do your prefer/get most inspired by?

We work in Tyvek – a non-woven man-made fibre that’s fire/water/crease proof. Incredibly tough, yet light and has a great delicate quality.

What do think will be important or significant for craft practice in general in the future?

Embrace the new but still have respect for tradition.

What are your own aspirations for the next five years?

Create more large scale architectural origami installations!

Angela Fung and Ashley Bedford have been members of Design-Nation since 2014.