RAIL 750 by Marc-Antoine Goulard

by Gwendoline Porte United Kingdom (UK)

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Est delivery: Oct 7th, 2021
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Dimension LxWxH (cm): 30x40x75
Unique Pieces Material : Acrylic, plywood
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RAILS designer Gwendoline Porte has collaborated with renowned French artist Marc-Antoine Goulard to create a one-off piece to benefit the charity Life Project 4 Youth (LP4Y), a non- profit organisation which provides professional and social integration to excluded young adults through entrepreneurship.
Porte and Goulard’s uniquely crafted structure, available at Clerkenwell Design Week along with the rest of the limited-edition RAILS range, was conceived out of a desire to extend the concept of better living outside of the design community and into the world-at-large. The pair’s chosen charity, with its quest for social and professional integration, resonated strongly with their own ideas about how ergonomic design and thought- provoking art has the power to change lives for the better.
‘The finish of this piece aims to reflect the varied and sometime turbulent journey of life,’ says Goulard, who has layered the sculpture with vivid colour to bring depth, light and intensity to it. This multi-layering creates an imperfect finish, incorporating marks and scars, reflecting the resilience of those young adults currently living in poverty and exclusion. But the vividness of the sculpture also suggests a sense of hope and second chances. ‘We both believe that good design and education will help us to live in a better world,’ adds Porte.

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Weight 9 kg
Dimensions 35 × 45 × 80 cm

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About the designer

Gwendoline Porte

Gwendoline Porte is a French interior designer, born in 1974, who lives and works in London. She spent her childhood under the Caribbean sun and the shade of palm trees, growing up barefoot, in contact with warm sand and the colonial houses of Guadeloupe. As an adult, she moved to Paris to study and work as a PR in fashion, events, arts and digital marketing. She then moved to London, whose cosmopolitan nature prompted her to embrace the idea that “anything is possible”. Porte recently graduated in Interior Design at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, receiving the Dean’s Award for her work. RAILS, designed as a functional sculpture, was inspired by a cross section of railway tracks and aims to capture the essence of life’s journey. It was exhibited at Decorex London, Paris Design Week, the Decorative Arts Museum in Berlin and Clerkenwell Design Week in London. RAILS are now part of the selection of the Design Museum\'s shop and eshop. “I love travel and history,” says the designer. “I believe we are constantly reinventing things based on what we know and what we see. I am influenced by so many creative minds, from Le Corbusier and Pierre Paulin to Basquiat and Warhol.” Undoubtedly, Porte’s inspiration stems from her travels and her exotic roots. Her designs tell a story using clean lines and natural, often raw materials that age beautifully. She likes to mix different elements to add contrast and create a balance of styles, between male and female, traditional and contemporary, rustic and luxurious. Her first project was her own family house and design studio, before completing a number of offices and residential projects in London and France.

Curated by

Often the ordinary and visible present becomes vague and forgotten. Analogue experiences have boiled down to a minimum during the last years. We are currently in a situation where much of our regular rhythm was interrupted, the everyday was frozen and almost disappeared for a while. It became particularly evident how the environment we are functioning in, what we have or possess, matters. Layers of the past provide a means to describe the world and rethink the evident. Remembering and untangling the past and the local provides a captivating perspective through types of objects, materials, and methods of making. The Estonian collection, “Revisiting the Past”, is based on tracking the everyday and the conventional, translating observations, reconsiderations, and hints of the past into contemporary design. More than ever, the future is about rethinking the present and the past, of what we have and need. The past is heavily coded in our future.