12th November 2014
Designer Erez Navi Pana always explores new ways of working with unexpected materials such as his baked earth furniture.
In his latest project he explores how salt waste from a Dead Sea works factory could be used as a resourceful material rather than a bi product that is causing ecological damage to surrounding areas.
By conceiving a manufacturing process using the salt and solar energy he proposes to make waste salt desirable again, perhaps in his words, 'marble for the poor'.
His 'Recrystallising the Desert' project examines the development of a production method with NaCl as the main substance in salt. Through heating and layering, a solid mass of pure salt can be created suggesting the production of basic salt tiles.
He has also designed a way of melting the salt with solar energy and a parabolic mirror that can be used to concentrate the sun rays.
The resulting salt tiles are not naturally waterproof so he proposes to solve this by combing the salt with dead sea clay powder which when fired creates a glaze and an ultimately water resistant tile.
11th November 2014
I first saw Nynke Kosters work in Milan during design week as few years ago as part of her graduation project and since then she has continued to collect more elements of buildings and decorative frescos.
Casting decorative architectural carvings and historical patterns she captures history in a modern material.
Placed in new contexts and cast in rubber and latex she has created furniture pieces that play with our perceptions of scale, materiality and value.
Her latest collection that was shown during Dutch Design week titled 'Elements of Time' makes up her stool collection and over the coming months she hopes to capture history in a 30 stool collection that will be placed in a time line showing changes in decoration over the historical periods.
7th November 2014
I'm Revolting and KIOSK have collaborated on a small but unique exhibition celebrating stones.
Asking friends, artists and designers to submit their favourite rocks and stones, the exhibition is on for two weeks and afterwards all the artefacts will be placed under a tree outside of the KIOSK new gallery space on 540 LaGuardia Place, NY.
Stones seem to have an appeal to everyone and the resulting stones that were submitted were delightfully inventive and certainly offer a wide view of materials, colour and texture.
Eternitystew cast 3 stones specially for the exhibition whilst Doug Johnston sent in a rock made from melted aluminium beer cans that people had thrown into a campfire.
Some stones held a more poetic narrative having the shape of a heart or from a special location and all can be seen on #stoneshow.
We make Carpets
6th November 2014
As we de clutter our digital lives thanks to our smartphones and engage in a sterile environment via our computers and social media, we are seeing the desire to fill our physical lives with texture, tactility and experience gain momentum.
Materiality and texture are back in design and the number of carpets and wall hangings that are coming back into favour are testament to this.
During Dutch Design week the over riding product of choice was a rug or a carpet, whether it be a statement on future sustainability of material choice or a comment on modern Dutch Design, the carpet and rug is pushing contemporary design and craftsmanship.
To see my pick of the most interesting have a look at the feature published on Unique Style Platform showcasing The rise of the carpet:Dutch Design Week textile inspiration.
5th November 2014
An emerging trend in materials research seems to be exploring and exhausting a mono material, pushing its boundaries through serendipitous experimentation resulting in new and exciting outcomes.
One such designer exploring the extremes of glass is Anne Büscher, a recent graduate from Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design.
Looking to reveal the unseen in glass, her work explores glass in its many forms from its pure ingredient state of sand and dust through to glass, as we know it.
Her project ‘How to find the unsought findings’ is an open-end art project that celebrates her experiments around glass. Collated in a series of seven vitrines, she has catalogued serendipitous experimentations and findings that have been edited and selected for their beauty, playful experimentation and uniqueness.
Designed to reveal the unseen, her journey is not in finding the final product, but rather is simply about finding the anomalies or unexpected findings along the way.
A ‘lexicon’ explaining the terms/facts that are of central importance accompanies each object, material or experiment. With a nod to traditional cataloguing, Büscher's takes a more poetic approach driven by aesthetics rather than dry hard facts.