Manifest for essential design.
Due to a small personal crisis where I did not know anymore what to do as a designer. I started to write for myself and for others a manifest about how I believe that design should be designed and for what purpose. It is a very short statement about what kind of consequences design has for the natural world and our own designed world. And how we as designers ought to handle such subjects. It applies most to the modern human, living in it’s gleaming glass city’s far from nature.
This is of course my interpretation on design and not that of everyone else. Feel free to read edit and comment on my work!
Music horn for smartphones.
All wood sofa design. Over 1600 sticks each with an height of 6 cm resting on top of some old foam (camping mattresses). For now I have been able to make a test version for the seating part the next phase consists of making the sofa from steamed Beech. The idea is that the sofa is more comfortable than it looks, surprising the user with a very comfortable surface to sit on.
Wood lots of wood.
Single-speed bicycle, restored Eddie Merckx.
ZER0.00€ outdoor sofa for my student home, made from pallets and scaffolding wood.
Project petrified prototype.
Building up the expo for our minor at Akv St.Joost Den Bosch.
The result? Its indistinguishable from the real wood, the details are stunning, the strength of the porcelain when it is not yet baked however is non existent.
The use of porcelain is not for the fainthearted…
A little update to the design. The porcelain plate is going to be developed as one piece instead of three.
I am currently following a ceramics, plastic and bronze minor at the Den Bosch location of my academy. What I plan to do is develop a small coffee table 150 cm long 40 cm wide and around 28 cm high. The support is build up from a concrete block (hollow from the inside), a cherry wood beam with two legs and a metal plate. On this metal plate will rest the the table plate which will be made entirely from Bone China porcelain. The two bottom images are a small scale test in porcelain. The challenge is to make the plate from either one plank of wood or to cut them up in three as I have done in my design, (considering the size of the kilns at the art academy St.Joost). Luckily Den Bosch as a city is home to most of the largest kilns for ceramics and porcelain in the Netherlands!!
The results of my cube experiments, loved doing the stuff I did but frankly I have no idea what lessons to take from it…
The form of the cube is one of my researches at the moment. I am using an intuitive approach which is quite frankly a lot of fun. This is not design nor art it is simply research into materials and shapes.