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Modular Mechanics Kitchen

A kitchen made entirely from recycled plastic in an exploration of modularity, standardization and contemporary rural materials.

Originally commissioned by Grizedale Arts for 'A Fair Land' in the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

At the beginning of the transition from handcraft to industrial production was the quest for standardization of nuts and bolts. The idea of interchangeability of parts where one thing can fit not just its hand made twin but any other item which conforms to the same schedule. The idea of the modular system has been the dream of both the arch capitalist and the radical utopian thinker. This kitchen is made from ‘plastic wood’ an agricultural product made from plastics used in farming. Bizarrely we are at a point where waste polymers are so cheap that we can use them to make wood. Even more bizarrely this plastic wood comes with a colour almost identical to Westmorland Slate. This material has been used to form a modular system that connects together with plastic bolts. It supports a plastic sink that in turn connects with ‘gastro-norm’ an international catering standard of modular containers.



Kitchen Designed by James Shaw for Grizedale Arts and The Irish Museum of Modern Art

Kitchen Designed by James Shaw for Grizedale Arts and The Irish Museum of Modern Art

Kitchen Designed by James Shaw for Grizedale Arts and The Irish Museum of Modern Art
Kitchen Designed by James Shaw for Grizedale Arts and The Irish Museum of Modern Art

Kitchen Designed by James Shaw for Grizedale Arts and The Irish Museum of Modern Art

Kitchen Designed by James Shaw for Grizedale Arts and The Irish Museum of Modern Art

Kitchen Designed by James Shaw for Grizedale Arts and The Irish Museum of Modern Art

Kitchen Designed by James Shaw for Grizedale Arts and The Irish Museum of Modern Art

Kitchen Designed by James Shaw for Grizedale Arts and The Irish Museum of Modern Art