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A pair of granite bookends for the launch of ‘Why Materials Matter’ by Seetal Solanki of Ma-tt-er for London Design Festival 2018
To celebrate, Seetal commissioned a few artist/designers to create bookends to support the book from one of their material driven projects. These bookends are closely linked to Theodora’s project “From The Ground Up” as they use the foundation of that project as their material. The shapes are strong as the material itself and let the material be the main feature of the object.
Material & finish: honed granite
Photos: Dilesh Solanki
London Design Festival 2018
United Kingdom (UK)
Theodora is an Icelandic product designer based in London. She holds a bachelor’s degree in product design from the Iceland Academy of the Arts and a master’s degree in Design Products from the Royal College of Art in London in 2015.
Theodora’s work revolves around the narrative an object can inhabit and exploring ways of objectifying that narrative. She\'s interested in the way an object can act as documentation of it’s manufacturing process; a record of what went on between the machine, tools, craftsman and material as well as it can communicate it’s origin and former life. That often leads to discovery of unexpected qualities as well as it gives the user a subtle opportunity to reconsider our material world and explore value in a different way.
Belgian design is traditionally connected with its territory, both in terms of the use of natural materials and their corresponding colour palette. In addition, the international design scene was overwhelmed by the completely white minimalistic interiors in the nineties and the Scandinavian design trend with lots of light coloured wood and soft tones during the past decade.
To conquer the monotonous globalised, Instagram-driven interior design trends and to bring some optimism in these rather dark times, the international and Belgian design scenes nowadays fully embrace a vibrant colour scheme. Moreover colours are not only fun, but they also affect both our emotions and physical wellbeing. Or as Le Corbusier said: “Colour is an element as necessary as water and fire.”
Faithful to the Belgian context, most designers work with natural materials, which they manually transform into perfectly imperfect, tactile eye-catchers. These qualities can be found in ceramics and textile, but also in pieces from reclaimed materials that had a previous life. By integrating these unique or small-scale production pieces from independent designer-makers in an interior, you’ll bring their personal quests together into the unique story of your home.
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