Part Exchange tells the life story of a scrapped car through a series of objects inspired by the people whose lives it touched over the course of 25 years. Drawing on conversations with its previous owners, the disassembled components of an Alfa Romeo Cloverleaf 145 have been reconfigured into eight domestic furnishings.
Purchasing the car at the end of its usable life, then seeking out all of its previous owners in order to better understand what the car meant to the people who lived with it. Through a series of conversations and exchanges seen in the accompanying film, I imagined new ways that the life of the car could live beyond its time on the road. Moving between Richmond (Yorkshire), Manchester, Blackburn & Walsall before finally ending up in East Sussex, the stories gathered were used as a basis for designing new objects of furniture from the materials of the car that once was.
Installation views in the Design 1900 - Now galleries, Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington
Exhibition September 2023 - Janurary 2024