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In ancient times, salt was rare and costly. Yet, since the industrial revolution, it has become so cheap and easily available that we longer recognise its value. With ‘Marbled Salts’, Roxane Lahidji explores new possibilities, reinventing salt as a sustainable design material. She makes use of its unique physical properties as a self-binding composite to create a set of tables and stools. By mixing it with tree resin, she gives it shape and strength. Coal powder and natural colour variations in salt mimic the aesthetics of expensive natural stone such as marble. Herein she draws a contradictory parallel between the flexible versatility of salt and the material language of heavy and solid rock.
"Negro" (Black), Blue, Ivory-White
Roxane Lahidji is a designer and artist specialised in material developments and applications.
Her research focuses on conciliating sculptural productions with sustainability.
Roxane was born in Paris in 1992 and grew up in the french capitale before studying illustration and product design in Strasbourg (HEAR).After graduating from the Social Design department of Design Academy Eindhoven in 2017, Roxane Lahidji developed her project ‘’Marbled salts’’ and was awarded among the 100 best French international designers by FD100 price of the VIA and won the 2019 Bolia award.
Often the ordinary and visible present becomes vague and forgotten. Analogue experiences have boiled down to a minimum during the last years. We are currently in a situation where much of our regular rhythm was interrupted, the everyday was frozen and almost disappeared for a while. It became particularly evident how the environment we are functioning in, what we have or possess, matters. Layers of the past provide a means to describe the world and rethink the evident. Remembering and untangling the past and the local provides a captivating perspective through types of objects, materials, and methods of making.
The Estonian collection, “Revisiting the Past”, is based on tracking the everyday and the conventional, translating observations, reconsiderations, and hints of the past into contemporary design. More than ever, the future is about rethinking the present and the past, of what we have and need. The past is heavily coded in our future.
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