Graduate exhibits 215: designer Erika Emerén produced the shapes and patterns of the chair, lamp and rug in her graduate assortment by taking part in with plasticine .

Emerén developed her assortment, titled Transforming the White Cube, while studying at Beckmans College of Design and style in Stockholm.

Her use of the children’s modelling material in the task was an attempt to “break free” from the “meta-modernistic” curriculum she finished in excess of the three-year course.

Transforming The White Cube by Erika Emerén

“This undertaking is a way of asking why so considerably is nonetheless like a white cube: geometric and sleek,” she stated. “By challenging the norm we can broaden our way to seem at items and in the prolonged run uncover a far more personal and sustainable way to use and eat.”

Her variety consists of a chair, a rug and a lamp – featuring unconventional kinds and blotchy patterns typically developed when mixing coloured plasticine.

The chair comprises a chunky seat and rounded legs – the two in wood – and an arch-shaped backrest cast in jesmonite – a composite of a gypsum-primarily based material and acrylic resin.

Transforming The White Cube by Erika Emerén

Typically utilised in sculpture, jesmonite has also been utilised by designers Els Woldhek and Georgi Manassiev to cast containers manufactured of cork granules, while London designer Klemens Schillinger used liquid jesomite to colour his concrete tabletop accessories based mostly on the shapes of ancient Greek and Mayan architecture.

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The thick tube mounted onto the seat is patterned with swirls of orange, black and white.

“Orange was chosen because of its vibrancy – it can make a good contrast towards black and white,” the designer informed Dezeen.

Transforming The White Cube by Erika Emerén

The rug subverts the classic rectangular shape with wavy edges, and is created of industrially tufted wool. Its pattern gradually transitions from black into white from a single finish to the other.

“Its wave-like form contrasts to the normal rectangular carpets we see in interiors right now,” stated Emerén. “But this carpet is no a lot more difficult to generate than a rectangular a single.”

Transforming The White Cube by Erika Emerén

The lamp is partly cast and partly sculptured in jesmonite and wood, and is described by the designer as “a blend of minimalistic legs piercing by way of an organic physique”.

She argues that, whilst most lamps are minimalistic in their style, this one blurs the boundaries among style and sculpture, and highlights the discussion “of what is and what is not” regarded style.

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Emerén came up with the types through creating designs with plasticine and then replicating them at full dimension. She chose to integrate standard resources and kinds, such as the wooden legs, to contrast with the playful, natural kinds.

Transforming The White Cube by Erika Emerén

“A lamp, carpet and a chair: all of them sprung from an concept of liberation from a white cube,” she told Dezeen. “The method contained a good deal of play and I wanted the end result to truly feel as playful as the clay experiments. Playfulness in kind is not a white cube it is natural and asymmetric in its form.”

The rug is the only one particular of the three that would be attainable to generate industrially in its recent form, but the designer is keen to operate on that.

“I would like to preserve on building the chair and the lamp to make them more available,” she mentioned. “It would be very fascinating to bring this method to the sector.”

One more Beckmans student that experimented with uncommon materials this yr utilised dust from the floors of vintage clothes retailers to form a assortment of furniture.



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