Today customers often come to her, bringing with them objects of sentimental value to be given a new life and form. And even though Thompson becomes very attached to some of her pieces, her primary aim continues to be to put everything back into circulation as an everyday object.
The biggest challenge to date for the innovative entrepreneuse with her functional art form is, in her opinion, the collaboration with Mercedes-Benz. She selected seven elements from the huge range of parts from a Mercedes SL for the purpose of creating office furniture.
Thanks to her ability to visualise designs in her head right down to the last detail, without needing to put down a single line or mark on a piece of paper, Thompson was able to master this unusual task brilliantly.
Working together with local craftsmen, she worked the dashboard into a highly original-looking desk with new, practical functions. The speedometer became a magnetic pad; what was once the ventilation control is now a compartment for business cards; and the ignition lock now functions as a USB charging point. The driver's seat was turned into a comfortable office chair; and Thompson converted the oval-shaped speedometer and rev counter into a curved world time clock. And to round off the driving experience while at work, the rear mirror was remodelled into a desk lamp and the accelerator and brake pedals turned into a quirky pen holder.
In 2014, when her home town becomes the World Design Capital, Thompson wants to be on show with her art works. These had already been admired at the Creative Week Cape Town in September 2012.
Author: Benjamin Cantu