In this movie filmed at our Designed in Hackney Day, Chris Hatherill from Hackney company Super/Collider speaks about how his team handcrafted a particle accelerator from hand-blown glass.
He explains how the imagery that science generates can influence design, referencing "some of the beautiful colour palettes that designers, creatives, artists can take from the scientific world".
Hatherill also speaks about the design of scientific equipment and picks out the Large Hadron Collider, a machine built at Swiss facility CERN to answer questions about the universe, as one of his biggest sources of inspiration. "Just every aspect of the design is so inspirational and beautiful, the fact that it is so scientific and so designed for purpose," Hatherill says.
The Super/Collider team and designer Patrick Stevenson Keating built a miniature particle accelerator from hand-blown glass during Salone de Mobile in Milan last year. "It was very organic and natural, exactly not what you'd expect a particle accelerator to look like," Hatherill says.
Founded in 2006, Super/Collider is a not-for-profit collective which promotes science through the creative industries.
Designed in Hackney is a Dezeen initiative to showcase world-class architecture and design created in the borough, which was one of the five host boroughs for the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as being home to Dezeen’s offices.