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Practice Works

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Work in practice

Starting out with looking around in my own active design studio, im always interested by whatever is laying around and what is near me. There is so much possibility in materials and objects that are often over looked. In this case I had transport crates coming back from International shipping and the simple but very efficient construction of these crates. Combined with the fact that I was collecting old doors from the building where my studio is, because I needed something to make workbench tops, I got interested in the way doors are made hollow for the weight but still have their volume. I started by making furniture in a very simple box like shape language but a frame as a startingpoint, then ‘upholstering’ them with very rough thin board that comes from the trash. These are used to put load in between for cargo and they take the damage from the ratchet belts and therefore Are often ‘damaged’. For me this was perfect fuel for my project. I learned to appreciate the roughness of the board, and I tried accentuating this character by coating them in leftover mixed high gloss industrial coating from my production. By mixing a dark and deep brown/purple shades are almost inevitable. I Like to approach my items as studies, that are a never ending personal project, they come to life in my studio, and only by working and keeping a professional practice I can keep creating. There is no overthinking, and I will keep practicing. It is what it is, and I like that it’s nothing more.

Shape recycling

With this project I started with an Idea that I had about how to recycle shapes as they are, in stead of taking material and trying to make ‘new’ material’, sometimes you can use parts of existing objects as they are. As long as you can let go of the original function or identity of an object. Working with tin was a nice way to be able to cast shapes into a solid material quickly. I had the goal of making a classic desk lamp out of tin. During this process I used countless little cups, bowls, pans, containers and other second hand ‘shapes’ to make the parts of the lamp. When I was trying to make a lampshade, out of a dead simple 1 part sand mould, I found a technique to get the shade to be thin and hollow. By filling a shape completely with tin, then waiting for the outside material to solidify, but the core still liquid, I could poor it out. Almost like slipcasting clay.
Then in this proces I did some experiments and found that by pouring liquid metal in an cast iron wokpan, I could swirl the material in to the shape of the wok until it was solid. Eventually I did this with aluminium and some bronze experiments.
It’s a result of having a simple goal, determined mindset, and a curious mind.

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