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  • Fordlandia| Illustration: Studio Swine| Lead Graphic| Image depicts a black ink print of organic shape chair on cream paper

    Fordlandia| Illustration: Studio Swine| Lead Graphic|

  • Fordlandia|Photograph of Black arm chair by Studio Swine| Staged interior Photograph of black arm chair with large black reading light over head

    Fordlandia|Photograph of Black arm chair by Studio Swine| Photography by Petr Krejčí

  • Fordlandia|Photograph of Table by Studio Swine| Photograph depicts a dark hard wood coffee table with silver blade and silver plated organic matter

    Fordlandia|Photograph of Table by Studio Swine| Photography by Petr Krejčí

  • Fordlandia|Photograph of Rattan Dining Chair by Studio Swine| Photography by Petr KrejčíImage| Image depicts a Dining chair with feature rattan seats, bent legs and squiggly back

    Fordlandia|Photograph of Rattan Dining Chair by Studio Swine| Photography by Petr Krejčí

  • Fordlandia|Photograph of Table and Vinyl

    Fordlandia|Photograph of Table and Vinyl's (Ebonite sheet, reclaimed Brazilian hardwood) by Studio Swine| Photography by Petr Krejčí

  • Fordlandia|Photograph of Interior design by Studio Swine| Photograph depicts a living room space encompassing swines dining chair, overhead reading light, armchair and

    Fordlandia|Photograph of Interior design by Studio Swine| Photography by Petr Krejčí

  • Fordlandia|Photograph of Denim Workwear Jackets by Emma Fenton Villar and Erica Weide|Photograph depicts two hanging denim jackets

    Fordlandia|Photograph of Denim Workwear Jackets by Emma Fenton Villar and Erica Weide|Photography by Katy Davies

  • Fordlandia|Photograph of Black and White Photographs- Henry Ford| Photograph depicts two black framed black and white photographs, image on left showing fordlandia workers and right image depicts and image with Henry Ford

    Fordlandia|Photograph of Black and White Photographs- Henry Ford| Photography by Katy Davies

  • Fordlandia|Photograph of Exhibition installation| Photograph depicts a miniature model of a blue fordlandia home surrounded by the green amazon tropical climate

    Fordlandia|Photograph of Exhibition installation| Photography by Katy Davies

  • Fordlandia|Photograph of Exhibition case| Photograph depicts a transparent rectangular case on top of print with 3 organic objects inside

    Fordlandia|Photograph of Exhibition case| Photography by Katy Davies

  • Fordlandia|Photograph of blade by Studio Swine| Photograph depicts silver blade attached to wooden handle on hard dark wooden table

    Fordlandia|Photograph of blade by Studio Swine| Photography by Petr Krejčí

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Okolo

Fordlandia

22 September – 10 December 2016

Fordlandia was built in the wilderness of the Amazon by American industrialist Henry Ford in the late 1920’s to secure a supply of rubber for his car empire.

Ford set out to create his ideal American plantation complete with rows of houses, straight roads, schools and hospitals for his workers. A strict nine to five work schedule, uniforms and leisure activities such as regular square dances were enforced on the indigenous workers. However, these attempts to organise and tame the rainforest soon began to show cracks. As early as 1930, his labourers staged the first of many revolts against the strict behavioural controls imposed. Ford’s attempts to outwit the rubber tree’s natural predators also did not go as well as planned. Ultimately, Fordlandia was sold back to the Brazilian government in 1945 and left to decay.

Inspired by the tropical ghost town, this project by Studio Swine imagined a world where Fordlandia is a success, where nature and industry have entered a symbiotic relationship to create – sustainably and beautifully.

The project featured a collection of furniture and products which use natural rubber and other materials from the forest and reference the Brazilian tropical modernist movement.

Studio Swine also collaborated with LCF MA Menswear alumni Emma Fenton Villar and BA Textile student Erica Weide in creating three denim workwear jackets and a denim wall-hanging and a textile screen respectively.

Studio Swine were kindly supported by the British Council to travel to Brazil on a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship in the Design category.

An especially commissioned film that charts Studio Swine’s research process – from visiting Ebonite factories to the abandoned town in the Brazilian rainforest itself – was shown in the space. Together the pieces will create an imagined domestic environment in the gallery.

Film by Juriaan Booij + Studio Swine

The exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue designed by Czech graphics and design collective OKOLO, it includes contributions by Kristen Gallerneaux, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Lily Cole, Ligaya Salazar, Karel Veselý and, of course, Studio Swine.

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The project was commissioned and curated by Ligaya Salazar

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