Individually Rob and Michael are both at the top of their game. The former in the realm of making beautiful images and the latter by making beautiful objects. Both are very hands on and happy to get their hands dirty when it comes to making work, the two seemed a fitting partnership for If You Could Collaborate. Their piece is a ‘Rockin’ Rob Ryan Chair’, made and designed by Michael, embellished by Rob.
A snippet from the catalogue:
Hello guys, can you tell us what you’ve produced for the show?
RR. It’s a flatpack rocking chair, made from five pieces of plywood that slot together and are held with four nylon ties. I have screen printed on the surface.
What were the biggest challenges you faced?
RR. Just trying to think of exactly what to put on the chair, I came up with loads of ideas but I wasn’t ‘feeling’ any of them. When I did, it was so obvious.
MM. Getting the rocking balanced right. The one we show is still effectively a prototype, but I think it should rock good.
What’s your favourite collaboration of all time?
RR. The songwriting partnership of Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. He went to New York as a young man to seek his fortune as a singer – it didn’t work out and he ended up on the streets, sleeping on park benches. He met Valerie Simpson singing at a soup kitchen in a Baptist church in Harlem. He went up and spoke to her and got know her – they fell in love with each other, and from that came the classic track Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.
MM. Iggy Pop & David Bowie, Lust for Life.
To see the complete If You Could Collaborate feature, click here
- Spin studio shares its latest work and how to perk up "depressed-looking" v’s
- Animator Dan Castro tackles the intricacies of relationships in this funny short
- “I don't want to lose my connection with the tangible”: illustrator Jack Taylor on his new digital and 3D process
- Greta Thorkels: a graphic designer creating Gilmore Girls zines and record sleeves
- Grégory Michenaud’s ongoing project sees him explore identity in a Hasidic Jewish community
- Photographer Gilleam Trapenberg explores macho culture against rose-tinted skies in Big Papi
- The New York Times Magazine’s new cover is actually a painting
- BBC’s new typeface BBC Reith is designed to improve legibility on screen
- “It needs to be normalised that women masturbate”: meet illustrator Jordyn McGeachin
- Life through the lens of enchanting photographer Vicki King
- Six months in the (enviable) life of photographer Ryan Lowry
- We get to know hilarious and thoughtful illustrator, Ruby Etc