Form&Seek London Design Fair2017
Form&Seek will be part of Dutch Pavilion at London Design Fair on 21-24 September 2017
Form&Seek exhibitions always show a consideration to new crafts, material and processes.
With this upcoming show Form&Seek explores the theme of "Openness" where we focus on what designers with a vision of across borders and cultures, make and design in order to shift attitudes and cultures for the a more inclusive future. Form&Seek explores the idea of Dutch design, not through a national lens but as an attitude and way of thinking.
For the first time ever Form&Seek launches its own collection during London Design Festival as well as a producing and selling platform, enabling consumers and retailers to purchase original and innovative crafted goods from a curated collection founded and run by designers.
The Form&Seek collection focuses on new developed processes and contemporary, globally local craft techniques. Interesting, innovative materials and processes play a key role in the pieces by Form&Seek. Each item tells a story through the way it has been made or the impact it has on our daily lives.
Our new collection expands on a wide range of crafted products from conventional products prototyped with new technologies to products that play with natural formations and uses of material. Each thought provoking, poetic design object has a strong character and personality with the personal mark of the maker.
While researching on wood infections and parasite treatments, I run into extraordinary images of termite colonies. The complexity of their structures and the unique architectural vocabulary stuck into my mind as a designer’s infection. Termites build their colonies with mud, sawdust and a type of organic glue made from their saliva. Very similar to the materials, that our human makers traditionally use for buildings and furniture. A conceptual question was brought to life. What would be the outcome of a termite colony settled on a piece of furniture? How could I translate parasitic growth on a chair with contemporary materials? After experimenting with expansive resins, sawdust, earth and other organic residue, I discovered that when one mixes polyurethane glue with different kinds of aggregates, the growth and strength of the finished product varies in form, texture and properties. By combining my prototype experiments and byproducts I was able to put together a chair composed of up-cycled wooden furniture legs, sawdust produced by the manufacturing process and dirt from the workshop floor. The leather-upholstered seat was introduced on the finished structure as a notion of human conformity vs organic growth.