Born in 2008 - United Kingdom
Laikingland was co-founded in 2008 by two lifelong friends from the north of England, artist Martin Smith and engineer Nick Regan. Together, Smith and Regan work closely with invited international artists and designers to help transform their ideas into beautifully-crafted, limited-edition kinetic art pieces.
‘Laik’, from the Old English ‘lác’, means ‘play’ in parts of northern England, and part of Laikingland’s philosophy is about injecting a touch of playfulness into the lives of those who come into contact with a Laikingland creation.
Smith says: “We set out to make beautiful kinetic art, but what’s its purpose? To make people smile. Our creative practice is concerned with making kinetic devices that investigate themes of humour, nonsense and futility.”
Such themes are evident in the array of Laikingland’s masterpieces being showcased until early 2014 at the MB&F M.A.D. Gallery in Geneva. Including the specially-commissioned A.W.E. (Automated Winding Engine), the Applause Machines and the Fingers Mk III you will find a selection of unique pieces such as Just About Now, Light A Moment, The Party Popper Machine and Story Time.
Smith still lives and works in Yorkshire and now has 18 years’ experience as a practicing artist, with work ranging from small kinetic devices to large-scale gallery commissions and architectural interventions. In his role as Laikingland art director, Smith has overall responsibility for the design selection process, and curates the product range and collaborates at the concept stage with each artist and designer.
Now living and working in Utrecht in the Netherlands, Regan is Laikingland engineering director. He has 17 years’ product development and engineering management experience in the global automotive industry and has worked with many of the world’s leading automotive companies in Europe, USA and Asia.
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