Community of Craft pop up | Jess Fügler

The bells of London by Jess Fugler

Designer Jess Fügler has created a set of bicycle bells that acoustically define different cycling territories in London. A collaboration with Jocks&Nerds and Shinola, the project is the latest in the Community of Craft pop-up series. Based at Shinola’s Soho store and coinciding with this week’s London Design Festival, the pop up continues the theme of celebrating 21st century craft and its potential to build both local and global communities.

Jess is a multidisciplinary designer currently based in New York and a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art’s Design Products programme. Her Bells of London project, featured over at Jocks&Nerds, was initially inspired by a visit to London’s famous Whitechapel Bell Foundry, where shell fell in love with whole casting and tuning process of bell making. She also consulted with the bell ringer community, as part of her research, in order to design certain forms for particular ringing notes.

Cast from bell metal, a unique bronze alloy that allows for greater tonal resonance, each of her bells has a unique profile (flat, faceted and flared) to optimize the ring intended to be associated with her chosen cycling areas of London (Hyde Park Corner, Parliament Square and Richmond Park).

The result is a set of bicycle bells that link cityscape with soundscape, which are as much handlebar jewellery as they are everyday warning devices. Or as Jess puts it "each bell complements or contradicts the existing harmonics of its local environment, creating a vernacular product specific to its locale.”

The bells of London by Jess Fugler
The bells of London by Jess Fugler
The bells of London by Jess Fugler
The bells of London by Jess Fugler
The bells of London by Jess Fugler
The bells of London | Jess Fugler

Jess will be handcrafting her bespoke bicycle bells at the Shinola store in Soho from 12 - 6pm on Friday 25 September and Saturday 26 September and from 12 - 4pm on Sunday 27 September.

Shinola, 13 Newburgh Street, London W1F 7RS

Photography: Marcus Agerman Ross.

Posted in collaboration with Jocks&Nerds.

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