The Making of Muglexia, A ‘Dyslexic Object’ by Henry Franks

Muglexia is one of Henry Franks' ‘dyslexic objects’, a range inspired by his own dyslexia. We were eager to see what lay behind a mug bearing such a name and form.

24 Jul 2014

 

The playful name ‘Muglexia’ resonates beautifully with a product range that celebrates a human condition. The set of mugs, also quirky in form, are part of Henry Franks’ larger range of everyday objects that are altered by – improved by – dyslexia.

 

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Rather than for aesthetics – or the sake of humour – the mug is inverted to speak to this condition and, importantly, actually improve it. Through design, Franks has created “products with a higher emotional function”, illustrating the dyslexic symptom inversion, and at the same time, be especially practical; they fall over less easily, balance well in the hand and keep drinks hotter for longer.

 

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On top of that, his range encourages us to re-engage with ordinary objects. And while we couldn’t have access to the inner-workings of Henry’s brain, there is clearly a fascinating process here that we are lucky enough to see part of through images. Thank you Henry.

 

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Tuning various wooden shapes to get correct mug mould shape before starting the slip casting process

 
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Plaster mould making for slip casting
 
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Cleaning up the prototype moulds before casting
 
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Close up of the flood slip casting process. The plaster sucks the water out of the slip to form the wall of the mug
 

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Slip casting the handles
 
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Pouring out the excess slip once you have the desired wall thickness
 

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Professionally made industry standard moulds now used after my various prototype moulds
 

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