Congratulations to our Foundation students who, this week, unveil their final projects to the public for the first time. As the Foundation Show continues, we caught up with Noah Bier to talk Brutalism, multiculturalism and his future plans.
Did you start Foundation knowing what you wanted to study?
I wanted to improve my technical ability, specialise in a particular field and experiment as much as possible. I applied to 3 Dimensional Design and Architecture because I knew it was a socially progressive area and I want to create things to make people’s lives better.
Talk me through your final project.
With all my work, I juggle wanting to be a good citizen and being creative. I always want to make things that are relevant, topical and necessary. I decided on the topic of moving home because it resonates with me. My family moved here, I’m Jewish and my grandparents fled the Nazis. They were able to integrate into society and give me what I have today so I feel I have a social responsibility to help people who are in a similar situation to my grandparents.
‘Moving Home’ is meant to help a child who has just come to London. I chose two post-World War Two movements, Brutalism and the Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth forms – all very utopic, new people in new places living harmoniously. These are a hand held, objectification of that.
It’s about difference and integration?
Yes – the child plays with it and they learn about the materials and history of London. They learn about the places that they’re living in. Concrete, wood, glass (I’ve used Perspex) and brass – these are the materials London is built from. They are permanent, humanistic. I researched German building block toys and toys made by the Bauhaus.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt this year?
I’ve learnt to know my strengths and my weaknesses. I thought I was ok at making and art, but since being here I’ve realised I’m good at communicating my ideas and meeting people.
What are your future plans?
I’m doing BA Product Design at CSM. But first I’m going travelling for a few weeks in south east Asia. I work part time at a Tesla Motors showroom and I’ve been saving up for years.