'META' exhibited in the group show 'Matter' in 2018
Useful/ Useless is an exploration of material and form. By sampling contemporary furniture tropes, Hamilton Holmes has pushed recognizable forms into sculptural objects that may be useful, but may also be useless. This work represents the joy of dreaming, designing and building things. These things have no purpose other than beauty--but the visual language can later be developed into useful objects. This formula: [Beauty -> Use] is most fulfilling to the designer, and underpins this exploration.
Useful/ Useless was included as #5 in the Designlines Magazine '100 Things we Loved' during Toronto Design Week 2018
The original 5 part series as well as the 6th 'META' sculpture have all been sold to collectors from Paris, Texas, New York City and Toronto. Hamilton Holmes studio has decided to open the series due to demand, and will continue producing the Useful/Useless sculptures. Each piece will be numbered and marked with our studio brand. Each piece will be unique as the spalted maple material is 100% variable from piece to piece. This is truly a visually organic material.
Useful/Useless 'META' sculpture (part of MATTER--Toronto Design Offsite Festival)