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Professor Paul Chamberlain

Professor Paul Chamberlain MDesRCA

Lab4Living Design Director
Director of Art & Design Research Centre

E-mail: p.m.chamberlain@shu.ac.uk
Phone: 0114 225 6771
Fax: 0114 225 6931

Lab4Living has evolved as a natural progression of my interdisciplinary research interests.  My aim was to create a space for a small community of diverse creative specialists to stimulate new ways of thinking. Often we are restricted by our own institutional structures but this cross faculty interdisciplinary collaboration provides and exciting platform for new creative opportunities. While my primary activity and responsibilities focus on research I value my role as a teacher sharing my experiences and engaging in stimulating discussion with creative enthusiastic young minds. My research and teaching philosophy adopts a ‘learning through doing’ approach.

Black and white photo of old craftmans tools

I am interested how we embrace engineering, materials and technical innovation and enhance it with poetic solutions….designed objects that provide meaning, pleasure and enjoyment. To me small things matter very much. There is a fine line between comfortable and uncomfortable, beauty and ugliness, etc.

Black and white aerial photo of New Yorks central business district

I am fascinated by the built environment (man made stuff) that has evolved over thousands of years, and its relationship with the natural world. Objects that respond to and influence our lifestyles, reflect culture and are embedded in ritual. Hence I love to travel as a recreational pastime and to inform my practice.

One of my design heroes, Charles Eames, when asked if one of his chair designs came to him in a flash,  his response was…. ‘yes… a 30 year flash’. My work in collaboration with my colleagues evolves, each project informing the other, working towards that flash.

Charles Eames with some of the feet and swivel components of his swivel chairs

For me design is as much about defining the question as providing the answer.

Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University,
Furnival Building, 153 Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 2NU
Phone 0114 225 6753 | Fax 0114 225 6931