Jobe Burns DAZED100 2020
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“I want to finalise the development of an idea for a concept supermarket, focused on circular-living

Jobe Burns

Age - 25
 London, United Kingdom
@_jobeburns
Jobe Burns
“I want to finalise the development of an idea for a concept supermarket, focused on circular-living

Jobe Burns wants to change the world around you – literally. “I want to improve the human experience at a fundamental level, via design, space, sculpture, and social development,” he says. The 25-year-old designer and sculptor has his creative sights set on reshaping the way we interact with our environments and each other, focusing on how the objects he creates can influence the way we live.

Burns, who grew up in Walsall in the West Midlands, initially began working for his dad as a car paint technician (which gave him an “acute eye for detail,” he says) while trying to launch a career in fashion. But he quickly found his interests lay more in 3D printing and sculpture, and the way in which objects can fundamentally alter the quality of our lives.

As one-half of Concrete Objects (a collaboration with Dazed 100 alum, designer Samuel Ross of A-COLD-WALL*), Burns makes brutalist-inspired products with a focus on simplicity and daily use, such as asymmetric resin cups that are as much sculpture as they are homeware. They’ve worked with Nike, while Burns has also teamed up with Futura 2000 for a collaboration released at Art Basel Hong Kong.

Where do you eventually want to get to in your career?

Jobe Burns: I want to get to a position where my work is a clear part of a healthier future. Whether it’s a building, a supermarket, a product system, or a sculpture, I want it to contribute towards progressive thinking and living, where impact and integration can be measured for positive outcomes.

How do you want to influence the future?  

Jobe Burns: I want to create systems, structures, and objects that push us towards progressive living, and away from isolated, singular experiences. I hope that everything I work on will contribute towards creating circular experiences and a society that’s more connected with each other and the structures we interact with.

 “I want to create systems, structures, and objects that push us towards progressive living, and away from isolated, singular experiences” - Jobe Burns

What creative or philanthropic project would you work on with a grant from the Dazed 100 Ideas Fund?

Jobe Burns: I’ve been working on a company with someone for a while now. It’s a concept supermarket that focuses on creating a human-centred ecosystem, designing and servicing circular living, health and social wellness. It’s about creating a shift away from what’s expected from traditional supermarkets. I would invest the grant in social activations that can let ideas live and evolve through people's participation.

Emily Dinsdale

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