AN EXHIBITION CURATED BY CORE STUDIO
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The HARDCORE exhibition revolves around elemental aesthetics, materials that create a world that is more lasting. Exploring a counter digital movement from a design perspective, objects that are a physically heavy and digitally light. Leaning towards a visual language and atmosphere that seems to come from a previous age evokes a feeling of reliability. The objects derive from a new ritualism, one that is about a more tranquil way of living while staying in touch with the physical world.
REINFORCED LIGHT OBJECT I & II
Hans van Sinderen & Fabian Briels
By analyzing the qualities of reinforced glass, Fabian and Hans were inspired by the encapsulated mesh core that creates a reinforced structure. It gives any fragile or soft material more control and strength. This led to the use of silicone and LED-lights, both having similar fragile qualities, as starting point of this process. Combining these materials and principles together creates a “Reinforced light object” which are able to adapt to the environment. It gives the user endless possibilities for the placement of the product. The flexibility of the material creates an uneven, visually flowing surface, which gets enhanced by the LED light source.
The 8 Bench is constructed out of surfaces. If one loosely folds a piece of paper a tear shape results in side view. Likewise, two surfaces pushed together can form a pocket. This system is repeated vertically and horizontally and intersected and trimmed until one has a shape that is part saddle part folly of a French, ‘60s church. The construction is water-cut out of stainless steel, folded into a facetted approximation of a teardrop shape and riveted together in a hidden manner. The surface has a leather texture to distract from scratches. This structure also reminds of a real saddle or a protective cladding one knows from the public realm. The low, longish bench also resembles an architectonical artifact of a portal.
The pipe chair continues with Lucas' previous development of industrial materials’ potential for narrative. Taking the shape and mechanic properties of these materials as starting point, he draws a line that crosses from practical means to what function for a domestic environment visually requires. Materials meant for behind and in between our walls (architectural interstitial spaces) cross their designed boundaries to and take their place in the limelight. While conserving their personality as engineered objects meant for constructional use, the purposeful arrangement under which they get combined entitles them with an upgraded visual and functional value. The piece presented here, brings to light a reinterpretational approach to matter consumption, always very present within Lucas Muñoz body of work, that opens up to a myriad of possible variations.
Among the types of seats are chairs, armchairs, folding chairs, recliners, seats, saddles, stools, wheelchairs, swings, couches, sofas, settees, loveseats, and benches. Bruno is no exception; a seat designed to be sat on, he stays put.
Thomas van der Sman
For the VOLUME 0.1 bench Thomas van der Sman used pressure to create connections where in the industry welding is normally applied. By using this technique the parts are connected seamlessly with each other creating very smooth transitions. This product is assembled after the parts are anodized, which creates the opportunity to use multiple colors. With the use of rectangular tubes the connections of the bench are made fully visible, which gives this bench its honest character.
Job van den Berg
The unexpected strength of glass is key to this project. The Glasslab - Cabinet is born out of experimenting with shapes, constructions, connections and types of glass. The glass pillars are the carriers for the metal shelves that are clamped to the glass. Job van den Berg plays with the contradiction between the untrustworthy and fragile character of glass combined with the actual constructive strength.
Wendy Andreu & Bram Vanderbeke
The Double Pyramid is an architectural shelf made out of flat laser cut sheets of aluminum. Based on a construction system that doesn’t require any screws, rivets or welds, this piece of furniture is very easy to assemble and dismantle. The Double Pyramid is the first element of a possible series of furniture based on this construction technique. Its design can be envisioned with many other shapes, materials or functions.
Through his project ‘A Sidewalk’ IWAN questions the use of concrete in public spaces. “Life’s too short to spend on grey sidewalks. The design possibilities of the material concrete are endless. By adding pigments and textures it’s very easy to change the aesthetic qualities of this widely used building material, yet most applications are lacking imagination. We spend a lot of our time on the streets so why not aim for a more joyful experience?”
Tanita Klein & Andrew Grincell
As young designers you are always taught to reinvent the world instead of using what is already there and work with it. The industry provides a huge catalogue of normed elements. Combining these elements, like materials, attachments and processing techniques you can create endless results. QG 10-15 uses perforated steel with its name-giving norm. 3 pieces are bent into a U-shape, put together with DIN 933 screws and afterwards yellow zinc plated for their durability.
(mon) COLLAGE (de) VOYAGE
(mon) COLLAGE (de) VOYAGE, is a travel-accessory concept based on the dual-loop buckle. Requiring just a strap, fastened to the buckles’ ends, and an improvising attitude, the buckles abide to any condition - from nothing to fully packed - making them an antidote to the possible overload of transporting goods. The collection of seemingly random shapes look as if they are in constant motion - in search of their perfect still - thus carefully balancing on the border of ornament and function. The buckles are a new approach to the market of travel goods, consciously surpassing the valued focus on present-day functionality.
Foamed is a cabinet with a soft skin. Instead of having a rigid shape and feel, Foamed invites you to squeeze and touch it. By having a basic grid structure, all attention is focused on the illusion that the entire cabinet is made out of one piece of foam. The glass shelves seem to be squeezed by the foam construction, making it even clearer that this is a cabinet without a fixed skin. The project raises thoughts about the contradiction of something that seems optically heavy, while it is made of material that weighs almost nothing.
Jewelry enhances personal beauty. Instead of keeping this beauty to the mere wearable, ‘Luxury fences’ incorporates refined beauty in contemporary interiors. These architectural embellishing textiles are made from metal, but possess an attractive light fluidity that is enhanced by movement and distortion of pattern.
SelfReflect: A Stool Experiment
Anton Hendrik Denys
Building on the material research Anton Hendrik Denys did for his graduation project SelfReflect while studying at the renowned Design Academy in Eindhoven, Denys takes on the stool as we know it and rethinks it. Starting out with a simple cubistic shape, and making all sorts of variations on that initial shape - deforming and adapting it in a very architectural way. Maintaining the recognizable character of the original shape at all times. In the end both the formal and material experiments come together. By using the material he created, originally meant for a new way of mirror making, Denys creates an object that can exist on its own, without defining its function in the room.
The Gravel Table is the result of multiple material experiments. First seen in the flooring industry, Tijs got inspired to use the technique in the third dimension. The mixture of stone, pigments and a binder are pressed into a mold, resulting in a curious surface that is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The Gravel Table is the first in a series of material experiments that attempts to tame rough and even harsh materials to become suitable for interior purposes.
The way we examine light is how it is perceived into our brains tunneling through our eyes. It is stunning to think about what light does to our brains. It can absorb, reflect, brighten or blind our sight. The pieces made for the Hardcore exhibition brings reflection into an understandable method. The light hits a surface and by changing the source of light the reflection will have effect on the space. The light reflection is turning into an image that will be projected onto the walls. The reflective qualities are celebrated in these interior pieces.