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The starting point of this project was the designers love of cement.
This piece is a part of a larger collection named Fluctation and includes 20 pieces made of untreated 5 mm thick cement sheet. Each piece is uniqe and hand-crafted by the designers themselves. The fiber-cement is from Swiss Pearl, a cement factory in Switzerland. The material, traditionally used as facade cladding and roof tiles, has unique properties in terms of strength, moldability and texture. The molding process – at first random and unforced – allows the character of the material to shine through and influence the end product.
The pieces can be placed on a wall or the floor and in any direction. It is up to the user and the space what works best. If mounted on wall 4-5 L shape right angle screws are recommended (provided with piece).
The collection consists of pieces fluctuating between organic and geometric shapes, between soft and hard expression, the surface it lies on and the space around it.
cement grey, Grey shaded
Reykjavík based duo, Hildur Steinþórsdóttir & Rúna Thors, who represent TOS, started working together in 2011. Being trained in the field of Architecture, Design and Fine Art they focus on spaces, objects and curation. They approach their projects through dialogue and exploration where the material and the process lead them to new knowledge and morphology.
Currently there exists a group of designers who have reintroduced the vitality of craft into Turkish design. Their work is a continuation of the craft techniques adapted to contemporary fabrication. Importantly, they have also reorganized the symbolic potential of local Turkish craft, working directly with craftspeople who are more centrally involved in the creation of these designs. Designers working as collaborators with these craftspeople invigorate design and, at the same, using the means of handcraft, rejuvenate the symbolic import of design through a focus on gesture, form, and technique revealing a latent symbolism organically driven through process.
This focus on touch leads to another feature of Turkish design: the imperfect gesture. Gestures ranging from the perfect to the imperfect are an important factor in the final form of an object. They determine the shape and contours of objects in their realization, and have an underlying iconic potency.
For thousands of years, the performance of the hand in cutting, shaping, molding, and chiseling materials was the key factor in the final form of many objects. The hand’s capabilities and limitations guided the process in which function was realized, and also resulted in the aesthetics and stylization of the object, generating what can be described as “latent symbolic force”. The aesthetic and stylistic symbolism connects the object to its maker and designers giving a sense of authorial identity and originality to each work. The designer and craftsperson collaboratively and cooperatively realize this design, thus connecting to the symbolic potential of craft and objects. With geometry and pattern as a basis, form is realized within the material production of design, its techniques, and material constraints, resulting in what we can loosely term as the idiom of Turkish design in this synthesis of symbol and craft.
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