“Knot Round Stool” from the “According to the Grain” project
by Sho Ota
This project highlights the quality of a wood knot, the character of which is often treated as a defect and neutralized in industrial processing. By chiseling down 12mm from a flat surface and chiseling out the knots, its three-dimensionality and texture are enhanced and its unique materiality becomes palpable to the casual viewer. The surface can now reveal more secrets and help the user imagine what this material once looked like in its natural state.
The octagonal ceramic jars are developed and produced by Cor Unum. The shape of the sixty-centimeter-high vase is derived from associations with age-old, decorated vases whose fragments are glued together again. The abstracted Arabic patterns on the white vases break at the corners and are combined with black geometric shapes, creating a rich contrast.
These huge narrative works resemble their namesake wood-painted panels from medieval churches but are contemporary and daring statements of solid high-polished brass and stainless-steel plates. Triptychs are used in the traditional sense to tell a story. This work, with the Latin title ‘Cogitatio inanis’ (best translated as ‘thoughtless mind’), is only about emptiness, reflection, and material. Behind the folding shutters lie reflective panels with a round circular light that reflects an atmospheric light. In his search for new production techniques and innovative materials, Visser has developed a preference for tactile materials in which the processing of the surface plays a role. In addition to this intensive finishing technique, detailing in Visser’s work is just as important, for example, in the development of the solid stainless steel hinges.
The RUGs are a reflection on Geke Lensink’s travels to Kenya and Northern Africa, these memories are made tangible in minimalist designs in black and white, creating a balance between functionality, craft, and beauty. The use of natural materials is a matter of course. The RUGs are made of 100% felted wool and handmade in the designer’s own studio.
Through a close inquiry into an optician’s process and production, Object Density have realized the opportunity to redefine an element of waste. The “Lens Luminaire” collection seeks to reinstate the value of imperfect, un-usable optical lenses, by highlighting their inherent beauty and unique distortive qualities. The collection began as a tangible convergence of inspiration, drawing upon Eindhoven’s (NL) history of lighting innovation, New Objectivity architecture, and the detailing of contemporary luxury optics, to form a suspended light-based artwork. The installation has been distilled to a collection of floor and desk lamps suitable for residential spaces. By drawing upon cultural narrative and considered materiality, the lamps reflect how the interplay of past and present may shape our future. A future in which ‘waste’ material can be recontextualized and imbued with renewed social and economic value.
“Beacon of Light” reflects the search for wandering and holding on. Like an anchor in the mist. A boulder holds a sandblasted glass sphere balanced by a minimalist custom-made pulley, creating tranquility in form and content.