“TINGE is a mix and match table series that invites you to combine your favorite shapes and colours to a unique table. The prototypes are produced of left-overs from the plastics industries. This furniture series leads Ulrike Jurklies; owner and designer of Dutch label mo man tai back to her roots.
Prior to her Industrial Design studies in Munich, she was trained as a carpenter. Inspired by the visual appeal of left-over material that is generated when the plastic colouring process machine is set up for a new dye, she decided to design a furniture series with this attractive material.
These first prototypes are in a lavender shade but, depending on what goes in production, in the future a range of different colors are possible. The layers of shapes reinforce the design of TINGE. They showcase the play of light, the reflections and the shadows of the colourful transparent PC waste panels. By using simple joining techniques – no tools or unnecessary effort is needed to put the tables together. Endless combinations are possible; mixing and matching the shapes and colours into a unique, personal piece of furniture.
These pieces are the first prototypes of a whole furniture collection that is developed and produced in collaboration with the Belgian plastics processing company Zweko Optics. The complete series will be on display in October during Dutch Design Week 2017 in the installation ‘See Through’.”
text and images via Mo Man Tai
Growing Plants Indoors by Rem Atelier
“Growing Plants Indoors is an on-going project. The works not only decorate a living space, they simultaneously question the way we decorate our living space. And more precisely; how we take the outside world in, containing a piece of nature between the walls of our own habitat.
A three-dimensional, layered depiction of the plant is placed into a light box. When the light shines through the thin green leaves, the representation becomes hyper realistic. The plant leaves the suggestion of being alive, trapped behind milky Plexiglas, in its wooden casing.
But when one looks closer, the illusion starts showing cracks. The measurements of the casing reveal the flat character of the banana plant, which turns out to be a photographic representation that is sculptured inside the box. An illusion of the exotic houseplant that doesn’t need any water and can’t die, frozen in its temporary state. The work references the perception of an object; a familiar, functional object in it’s personal space.
Every plant is based on different photographs of singular, real life plants.
Just as in nature, all of them unique. Every new light box that is created marks the birth of a new addition to the banana plant family.”
text and images via Rem Atelier
BLOCKSEAT by Jim Van Lent
“The BLOCK SEAT came to me from a simple shape: a beam. With a beam as the basic shape, I produced a complicated design, and used an attractive shade of red. Due to its high, broad arms, its depth, and the warm colour, it feels like a safe environment. The large seat provides ample room to move around in, so you can perform many activities whilst actually sitting in the BLOCKSEAT.
If I had to describe myself, I think I’d say I am a craftsman and a creative thinker. The craftsman can be seen from the fact that I have an eye for beautiful materials, and that I understand and have mastered the technical aspects. When I start working on a project, the actual process is important because within this, I learn a lot about specific aspects like how the shapes, colours and materials used can be changed and improved. Primary colours and basic shapes are essential for me. I also have a strong preference for working with natural materials, like wool and wood.”
pictures Marjon Hoogervorst
text via Jim van Lent