Design objects with surprise egg effect
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Design objects with surprise egg effect

Pia Seidel
Zurich, on 05.05.2022
Pictures: Pia Seidel

Fun, games, excitement - design? Some furniture and home accessories are like a surprise egg, just without chocolate.

My last visit to the furniture fair "Maison et Objet" was inspiring and also a game. There were numerous novelties on display that kept me guessing because I was unsure what they were made of. Unlike the surprise egg, however, I could not shake, weigh or listen to infer their material. I could only look, ask, and listen. When designers explained to me how tableware, lamps and the like were created, it was a surprise every time. Because with my first guess I was actually always wrong - and some materials I didn't even know. Sometimes I only believed what I heard when I was allowed to touch the objects. I can't let you do the latter. But I can at least let you guess along before I tell you the contents of the "design-eggs".

Guessing game

What material do you think the beautiful pieces in the pictures are made of? Give your guess - you'll find the solution right after you scroll down.

1. Danuta Kril

Danuta Kril
Danuta Kril

Puzzle 1

What material is this design object made of?

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2. Yuma Kano

Yuma Kano
Yuma Kano

Puzzle 2

What material is this design object made of?

Entry conditions

3. Satomi Minoshima

Satomi Minoshima
Satomi Minoshima

Puzzle 3

What material is this design object made of?

Entry conditions

4. monika debus

Monika Debus
Monika Debus

Puzzle 4

What material is this design object made of?

Entry conditions

5. djim berger

Djim Berger
Djim Berger

Puzzle 5

What material is this design object made of?

Entry conditions

6. nacho Carbonell

Nacho Carbonell
Nacho Carbonell

Puzzle 6

What material is this design object made of?

Entry conditions

Resolution

1. Guculia Tini

The first thing I got wrong was Danuta Kril 's collection. I thought her dinnerware collection called "Guculia Tini" in smoky look is made of metal. In fact, this is ceramic. The metallic black layer is created when smoke enters the clay during the firing process.

Wenn Ton in einem Brennholz-Ofen oxidiert wird, entsteht ein Smoky-Metallic-Look.
Wenn Ton in einem Brennholz-Ofen oxidiert wird, entsteht ein Smoky-Metallic-Look.

The tableware was created using the so-called Havarechchyna pottery technique, which originated in the village of the same name in western Ukraine. The technique is hardly practiced today and only a handful of people have mastered it. The designer wants to change that and revive it with her black smoked pottery.

2. rust harvest

Whether it's rich turquoise or yellow, I was banking on this finish on the stained glass being Arcyl or oil paints. But as the English name "Rust Harvest" later tells me, there is rust behind it. Yuma Kano mixes rust with an acrylic resin to make a new material suitable for coating and beautifying surfaces.

«Der Rost macht erst das Glas wert»: Auf Glas wird Rost statt zum Symbol für den Verfall zu einem für buntes Treiben.
«Der Rost macht erst das Glas wert»: Auf Glas wird Rost statt zum Symbol für den Verfall zu einem für buntes Treiben.

Everyone wants to remove rust stains as soon as it eats its way through facades. Except Yuma Kano. The designer likes to invite the unpopular guest into his home and turn him into an eye-catcher: the stained glass scores with unique patterns and also turns the room into one: it constantly casts new light patterns on surfaces depending on the time of day.

3. skin tote

In Yuma Kano's case, the title of the work gave clues about the material. With Satomi Minoshima 's handbags, on the other hand, I'm glad the name of the collection is only symbolic. "Skin Tote," translated as "skin bag," hints at the designer's source of inspiration: she took her cues from the shapes of the human body and designed handbags made of silicone - not leather, as I first thought.

Um Haut bestmöglich darzustellen, hat Yuma Kano für ihre Taschen Silikon gewählt.
Um Haut bestmöglich darzustellen, hat Yuma Kano für ihre Taschen Silikon gewählt.

The bags are meant to express the diversity of skin color. That's why Satomi Minoshima colored the silicone in different shades. She considers our skin as an interface with the environment, which is imbued with tactile information like a bag and contains who we are. She also expresses this message through a series of photographs.

4 Memory II

I initially mistook Monika Debus ' work "Memory II" at 1831 Art Gallery for a table lamp with a printed fabric shade. However, when I search in vain for an illuminant, I am enlightened: there is none. The object is made of stoneware, in which the starting material is clay of a high purity and with a high aluminum oxide content.

Diese Keramik wurde mit Porzellanengoben, die für die matte Optik sorgen, bemalt.
Diese Keramik wurde mit Porzellanengoben, die für die matte Optik sorgen, bemalt.

The German ceramic artist did not print the marble cake-shaped object, but painted it. And that was before it was fired at a low temperature in a salt firing process. How well this emerges in the end, and how light and dark some of the areas become, is a matter of chance and cannot be controlled in the process.

5. lightweight porcelain

For me, the stool by Dutchman Djim Berger was made of stone. However, at the latest with the name I knew that I must not have a heavyweight, but the opposite in front of me: The series "Lightweight Porcelain" is made of porcelain. The designer mixes porcelain and polystyrene beads together in an atypical ratio that experts long thought impossible due to the high amount of added materials.

Stärker als gedacht: Der Hocker und Beistelltisch entsteht aus einem Porzellan-Polystyrolperlen-Mix.
Stärker als gedacht: Der Hocker und Beistelltisch entsteht aus einem Porzellan-Polystyrolperlen-Mix.

Once each piece is in the kiln, the fire burns the polymer and reveals the novel porcelain, which may not be as strong as a stone, but is certainly stronger than standard porcelain. This property makes the material ideal for furniture construction. Visually, the structure resembles a beehive or pumice stone.

6. luciverase XXXVII

The experimental works from the collection "Luciferase" by the Spaniard Nacho Carbonell seemed like mushrooms of light to me, until I discovered their cable connection on the back. They are made of epoxy resin mixed with sand and sometimes covered with plaster dust or metal dust.

Der Kern der «Lichtträger» besteht aus einer Stahlkonstruktion, die von dem Epoxidharz-Sand-Gemisch überdeckt wird.
Der Kern der «Lichtträger» besteht aus einer Stahlkonstruktion, die von dem Epoxidharz-Sand-Gemisch überdeckt wird.

The "light carriers," as the artist and designer calls them, have a velvety yet firm surface. This is misleading, as is the interior: In contrast to the soft shell, inside there are thorns made of stone, illuminated by hidden LEDs. This guesswork is precisely what makes Nacho Carbonell's work, as well as the others, so exciting. They all push the boundaries between different materials, design and contemporary art, functional use and sculpture, and trigger the Ü-egg effect in me.

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