During her first solo show, product designer Merel Bekking will be presenting her latest work called The Things I Need. Bekking will introduce herself and her work for the first time in Scotland after settling in Glasgow earlier this year. Her latest series will be on show and for sale at the New Glasgow Society from 14 to 16 December.

This latest series: 'The Things I Need – Colour, Light and Life' is a series of striking and colourful sculptural user objects created from Bekking’s need to surround herself with bold colours, living plants and bright lights.

Over the last couple of years Bekking found herself fighting one big question: “Can I still be a designer in this age of destruction?” After settling in Glasgow in February this year, Bekking reinvented her practice and changed her design-ethos: she vowed to no longer make more ‘things’ just for the sake of making. The Things I Need is the first series that follows her new self-imposed design-rules: ‘not harming the environment while making new products, or better yet, use materials that otherwise will end up in landfill’. Borrowing techniques from taxidermy, Bekking created a family of guilt-free user products. Each design object was made by sculpting a body around a wire-framework. Instead of using traditional materials, Bekking “stuffed” her designs with her own personal non-recyclable dry waste like single use plastics, food packaging and the occasional torn nylon stockings. As an outer-skin she covered the bodies with bright, colourful layers of yellow, orange and red resins, finishing with a high gloss protecting layer. Bekking could have just simply discarded her waste at the city council dumpsites, where it will survive unchanged until the end of time. Instead she immortalizes her rubbish in joyful, bold designer objects, that will bring colour, life and light into this world.

Merel Bekking (b. 1987, NL) graduated in 2011 from the Utrecht School of the Arts with a degree in Product Design. In 2012 she started her own design studio and after living in Utrecht (NL), Cape Town and North Wales, Bekking now finally settled in Glasgow, Scotland, where she develops new work in her East End studio. Always eager to collaborate, she worked with neuroscientists, Lesotho-weavers, vacuuming cleaning robots, design critics, bronze age specialists and many others. Bekking enjoys developing designer products in all sorts of materials like concrete, wood and plastic, while at the same time she works on bigger research-based design-thinking projects that are more focussed on questions than solutions. Her work has been selected for several exhibitions, open calls and artist in residencies and is supported by multiple grants. Bekking regularly gives presentations and lectures on her work across the globe, from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to architecture conferences in Singapore and she has worked as external advisor in a variety of organizations like the Utrecht School of Arts, social enterprise Sweatshop Deluxe and the Utrecht Development Board.

The Things I Need – Colour, Light and Life exhibition will be on display at the New Glasgow Society on 14, 15 and 16 December from 10 am to 4 pm and is free to visit. Preview night is on the 14th from 6 to 9 pm and open to all. Merel Bekking will be present to introduce herself and her work to the Glaswegian public and all works are for sale.