All posts filed under: Structuralism

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Grid by Willem van Hooff

«In this project, I show the metal grid in order to highlight its aesthetics. Together these pieces of furniture represent a city landscape. Celebrating the invention of reinforced concrete 150 years ago.»   My inspiration comes from the contrast of a construction site. Reinforced concrete is still the main contact of nowadays architecture. The technique is based on concrete cast around a metal grid. This connection gave humans the ability to work in an impressive big scale, it changed the world of architecture and, hereby our surroundings. Nevertheless, there is one always hidden: The metal grid. It has only been used for its strength inside the concrete. After experimenting, I found a way to let the metal outgrow the concrete, in the casting process. And it turned the composite inside out. Bringing the metal grid to the surface, and giving it a complementary aesthetic function. In this project, I show the metal grid in order to highlight its aesthetics. Together these pieces of furniture represent a city landscape. Celebrating the invention of reinforced concrete 150 …

GRAFO Collection by Susana Teixeira Jewellery

«GRAFO series tells a story that must be read in the light of the harmonious relationship between Geometry and Jewellery.»   GRAFO is a collection that materializes the geometric representation of the interrelationship of two elements. The idea of creating this collection was born from the mathematical concept of a graph. Each piece consists of spheres, in variable number and size, connected by small wire segments. The structure thus constituted intends to emphasize the agglutinating role of the elements of the group, maintaining the individuality of each one.   I have a background in Mathematics, so I tend to make jewelry that often crosses the realms of this science. Geometry had always been my favorite subject and for me is natural to think of a jewellery piece as being a mathematical element. GRAFO series tells a story that must be read in the light of the harmonious relationship between Geometry and Jewellery. I try to create timeless pieces that tell their own story. However, in each season, there is often a particular type of jewel …

Ceramics by Leah Kaplan

«Arranged one way, a set of vessels might conjure a cityscape or landscape. Positioned another way, the same pieces can appear more anthropomorphic, suggesting familial relationships or even emotional states.»   Currently, my studio practice follows two distinct, but intertwined, threads: an exploration of light and shadow, and an inquiry into the characteristics that define a collection. For as long as I can remember, I have been curating found objects — from beach stones to vintage glass bottles to just about anything that can be grouped and artfully arranged. Through clay, I invent my own collections. I create and play with different groupings, paying close attention to how arrangements affect relationships between individual objects, as well as to the overall whole. Arranged one way, a set of vessels might conjure a cityscape or landscape. Positioned another way, the same pieces can appear more anthropomorphic, suggesting familial relationships or even emotional states. At the same time, I am equally fascinated by the opportunities porcelain presents for manipulating light and shadow. I could spend my career investigating …

Round Chair by Mikiya Kobayashi

«And I think Japanese calligraphy is similar to interior design. We can create a good space, by putting beautiful and functional things on it. Japanese calligraphy has developed my sense of balance when designing.»   The Round chair is for TAIYOU&C. TAIYOU&C. is a brand launched by my design studio in 2016. The story begins at the time I was working at an interior architecture office. Indeed, I was already wondering about furniture suited for contract projects I was working on. Today TAIYOU&C. pursue and make this reflection a reality. Furniture, and chairs in particular, that we conceived for spaces such as hospitals, offices or buildings’ halls respond to specific and essential standards: First, they are shaped to fit harmoniously in the space, even when a numerous amount is arranged. Also, they are easy to use. Not only they are comfortable to sit in but also easy to stand up from. And of course, they are stackable. We are working with wood for its soothing properties makes it a perfect material within our stressful time. …

Phase Jewellery by Lynne MacLachlan

«I try not to get too persuaded in my work by trends as such, but I did start using 3D printing as its newness seemed like an easy way to be original, not long after 3D printing really entered the public consciousness and I have been able to ride that wave a little which is nice.» Phase jewellery came about through experimenting with some bespoke digital generative design tools I had made to explore another design concept. However one day I realized something much more interesting appearing in front of me – that of the phenomenon of Moiré patterns on the computer screen, this creative episode was the seed of the development of the collection, concentrating on sculptural geometric forms, all based on cone shapes, with cut-out sections that produce this almost magical kinetic effect as the wearer moves. At the same time, I had discovered the material I most work in now, 3D printed nylon, a laser sintered nylon power that creates light, strong and flexible objects. The technique allowed precise and complex shapes …

BOB the Bench by Kevin Hviid

«It is so important for me to see and touch everything in my design process. Shape, thickness, material and weight are tested again and again, as to get the precise results.» The bench was created as a showpiece, selected to be presented at RE F O R M 2016 Design Biennale (www.re-form.dk/), a biannual exhibition space, with strives to assemble the strongest field within modern Danish design, challenge what exists and the traditional way of thinking. I strived to design something playful, not too serious, a furniture that seeks to make its presence known. I’ve always had a great interest in the human body, behavior, and the way we interact with each other, both in big and small scale. I like to think of my designs as a support to the human form. Very often, the natural curves of the body play a significant role in my process of making furniture. Typical of my design is strong and simple lines together with a sculptural look, – with a design that hopefully invites you to touch it/sit …

Ocaña chair by Estudio Brana

«They were designed strategically, rationalizing the material, making sure that they do not have any waste since a piece of the bench for children is cut from a large stool.»   To Ocaña stools I have a special affection since they were my first designs and I manage to immerse myself in the world of the industrial design. I am an architect, and in 2014 I lived in Barcelona, where was born the need to design products beyond architecture. I knew that I wanted to use wood and do it in a sustainable way … so the banks came up and also the Estudio Brana. Ocaña was designed in such a way that serves produced in series, making rational use of the material through computerized cutting and joining the pieces with the element of easy disassembly and glue. Achieving a sustainable product. They were designed strategically, rationalizing the material, making sure that they do not have any waste since a piece of the bench for children is cut from a large stool. Also, in their …

Cosmo by Studio Kai Linke

«No one before built a lamp out of this material. COSMO lamps are all handmade by a workshop for handicapped people in Germany. That makes me and the workshop quite happy, to be able to produce such an innovative product.» In the beginning, I started with the material itself – mirror foil – and I tried to design a light globe out of it without any internal framework. During the design process, I started to operate with facets to create a light globe. With the time, the material and technic came closer together and the design changed into the present shapes. The contrast between transparency/opacity in the lightness and the reflections are the singularities of this object. The contrast between transparency and opacity becomes visible after switching on the light. Switched off the lamp is an opaque silver object, reflecting the surroundings on the irregular outer surface – switched on it transforms into a transparent, crystalline form, in which the lamp is exposed like in a mirror cabinet. Numerous light reflections become visible. Furthermore, COSMO has the appearance of …

Regen Rainproof Collection by Wendy Andreu

«it is very different from the traditional way of making clothes. Instead of cutting and sewing patterns, Regen is built already in 3 dimensions. There is no loss of material.» The rainproof collection Regen (meaning ‘rain’ in Dutch) has started from a material research. In 2014, I was experimenting with soft matters and found out that the cotton rope and the latex could stick together and therefore create a new fabric which was neither woven nor knitted. Then, I analyzed this sample and thought that the latex could give a waterproof layer to this fabric. I naturally designed accessories and garments for the rain. But I imagine that one day, I could also design vases, furniture or objects for different purposes with this technique. Since I studied metal craftsmanship and product design, I have a different way of working than a fashion designer. For the Regen project, after inventing the material itself, I designed the production system which consists of metal molds around which the rope is coiled. The liquid latex is applied afterward. Once …