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From Below – Pyramid

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Description

Manufacturing processes are a common inspiration for Philipp, who created this piece sculptural piece after learning about the production of coke – which is performed behind industrial “curtains” on a large scale.
When coal becomes coke, a high-carbon fuel, it is processed at temperatures of over 1000 degrees celsius in the absence of oxygen. Philipp’s research revealed that during this procedure the coal does not burn, but simply loses its volatile contents. What remains is almost pure carbon.

In ‘From Below,’ Philipp investigates this process intellectually and implements his encounters in an aesthetically crafted manner. So he built his own miniature coking plant: at the center of an oven which works like a ceramic kiln, Philipp installed a distillation container. This contains the coal and protects it from oxygen so it doesn’t burn. Meanwhile, two mouth-blown glass flasks collect tar and other liquids that emerge during the distillation process. A large copper tank filled with water serves as the cooling element. Gases that do not liquify, are channeled out through copper pipes and are burned upon emission.

Using this distillation method, he procured his own coke to use as a medium. Since the material has never been sculpted before, Philipp focused on five basic geometric shapes in an exploration of its material behavior. The result is ‘From Below.’

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Full dimensions (cm)

17x17x25

Weight (kg)

1

Material

Production Year

2016

Color

Design destination: Berlin

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Full dimensions (cm)

17x17x25

Weight (kg)

1

Material

Production Year

2016

Color

The designer

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Philipp Weber
‘Where lies the significance of craftsmanship today?’, ‘What is the meaning of the human relation to a material and its processing?’ or ‘What remains of a craft?’ are questions that guide my approach.
Philipp Weber (*1987 in Münster, Germany). In his work, he seeks to find emotional qualities within production processes. The mystery that lies in the craft of glass blowing or the alien work environment of a coal miner are topics which inspire him and feed his fascination. Weber believes that in an increasingly digitalized world the comprehension and appreciation for original relations of production processes are getting lost. By finding arcane values that reveal themselves in a new and different meaning he poses new prospects on craftsmanship or production process and their importance for our societies.
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William Bagnoli
William Bagnoli is the Adorno curator of design destination Berlin. From Below – Pyramid by Philipp Weber is carefully selected as a piece that reflects the local design scene of Berlin. As a local and recognized design expert William Bagnoli's curation is a quality assurance that buying from Philipp Weber is a safe investment in the most important design from Berlin right now.

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