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.
For the exhibition Age of Man, Ida Elke has cast a chair from a composite of the fossil wax paraffin and carbon. Paraffin is derived from crude oil and is therefore closely connected to the escalating human impact on the planet. It is widely used in industries and easily overlooked. As it is used, in thin layers, for its -less qualities: Odor-less, color-less, taste-less, reactive-less, the material bears witness on how our civilization is coated (and polished) far beyond recognition of the substantially.
“I could have chosen to work with renewable plant waxes instead. But for this project I wanted to draw the fossil wax into the presence and to explore how this “less-material” - a manifestation of negation - can form furniture, a throne of denial so to say”
Carbon is one of the most common chemical elements of all known lives, and in the universe in general. Has often been referred to as the “King of elements”. In the composite, it is used in the appearance of graphite powder, which gives the wax a dark silver tone. In addition to that, the chair is cast in a mold of wet clay, which provides a monolithic appearance to the piece.
Despite its sturdy looks, it is exposed to changes in surface, since every handling will leave small imprints. Hence it articulates a paradoxical connection between power and precariousness.