Peter Marigold on bio-plastic

11.11.20. Internet

Peter Marigold is a London-based product designer who originally studied sculpture at Central St Martins before changing tack and enrolling at the Royal College of Art in 2004. Since then he has created gallery pieces for the likes of Libby Sellers and, more recently, Sarah Myerscough, had furniture and shelving manufactured by SCP and others, as well as creating a porcelain collection for Meissen.

Best known for his use of wood, in 2015 he launched a new product FORMcard, essentially a small piece of bio-plastic which can be heated and then moulded, allowing users to mend their own products.

His work has been exhibited at New York’s MoMA, Design Miami, Design Museum Holon, the V&A, and the Design Museum in London. He has also created commissions for the likes of Paul Smith, Bloomberg  and The Museum of Childhood. And if that wasn’t enough, he teaches design at London Metropolitan University.

In this episode we talk about: his issues with passive consumption and sustainability; his collecting habit; why he has an odd relationship with wood; his problem with art; and the joy of keeping a pet giant snail.

Perhaps most importantly, we discuss FORMcard, and how it can be used to ‘make, fix and modify the world around us’. 

Find out more about Peter Marigold

Peter launched FORMcard via Kickstarter in 2015.

This side cabinet is made from cedar and is part of the designer’s Bleed series.

This dish is made from bio-plastic and fomed in a wooden mould. It is part of the Semi Synthetic series.

The Cleft series takes a single log and cleaves it in half to reveal two dramatic opposing faces. All images courtesy of the artist.