Sophie Rowley

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Material Illusions

Material Illusions - Poetics of the everyday.

`Material illusions´ brings together a collection of materials which all simulate an aesthetic known from nature. 

The decline of nature's raw resources increasingly forces us to work with non-virgin materials as opposed to extracting even more of our planets finite goods. Seeing wastestreams as a future quarry, a starting point rather than an end point therefore became the mission of this study.  . 

Common waste materials, such as denim, paper, styrofoam and glass were found and collected from different waste sources. These were treated with the same appreciation as raw materials. Through craftsmanship and experimentation these waste materials were developed to Material Illusion - A in a man-made and nature-simultating sample palette. 

After initial experimentation these materials were developed into sculptural interior ornaments and bespoke furniture pieces. The non standardised nature of waste allows each piece to become one of a kind while taking advantage of new material properties such as high durability, light weight and structure.  

The names of the materials and objects orignate from the illusion which they represent

 
Photo by Bulgac/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by Bulgac/iStock / Getty Images

Bahia Stool: The Bahia stool is a sculptural seating piece for the interior. It is made out of denim offcuts from Diesels Denim-production. The disgards are draped over a mould and the layers are adhesed together with bioresin. After the material is dry it is carved to create a flat surface. Through the carving process as well as through the different sized and coloured offcuts a bespoke marble-like pattern appears. The arch shape of the stool forms an elegant and sculptural silhouette which is ideal to reveal the vibrant pattern of the Bahia Denim. The marble-illusion gave the stool its name, the Bahia Denim, named after a Brazilian blue marble which it resembles. 

Bahia Stool: The Bahia stool is a sculptural seating piece for the interior. It is made out of denim offcuts from Diesels Denim-production. The disgards are draped over a mould and the layers are adhesed together with bioresin. After the material is dry it is carved to create a flat surface. Through the carving process as well as through the different sized and coloured offcuts a bespoke marble-like pattern appears. The arch shape of the stool forms an elegant and sculptural silhouette which is ideal to reveal the vibrant pattern of the Bahia Denim. The marble-illusion gave the stool its name, the Bahia Denim, named after a Brazilian blue marble which it resembles. 

Perito Moreno Platters: The Perito Moreno platters are made out of reclaimed glass material. Glass production offcuts are sourced from a local glass manufacturer in London. These are broken down and fused together in a kiln at different temperatures allowing the material to merge and to create various textures and shades. The platters are named after the Perito Moreno glaciers in Argentina.

Perito Moreno Platters: The Perito Moreno platters are made out of reclaimed glass material. Glass production offcuts are sourced from a local glass manufacturer in London. These are broken down and fused together in a kiln at different temperatures allowing the material to merge and to create various textures and shades. The platters are named after the Perito Moreno glaciers in Argentina.

Silverwood Door Weight: The Silverwood Door weight is a unique piece made out of compressed layers of reclaimed local newspapers. The formation of tree-rings is replicated by adding material in layers and creating a tubular form. Leaving some areas trunk-like and carving others, displays the surface contrast. Paper, commonly perceived as a light-weight material becomes the weight of a space. Due to its blue-greyish colours it is named after the silverwood tree.

Silverwood Door Weight: The Silverwood Door weight is a unique piece made out of compressed layers of reclaimed local newspapers. The formation of tree-rings is replicated by adding material in layers and creating a tubular form. Leaving some areas trunk-like and carving others, displays the surface contrast. Paper, commonly perceived as a light-weight material becomes the weight of a space. Due to its blue-greyish colours it is named after the silverwood tree.


Kaibob Bowls: The Kaibab bowls are made of offcuts of sheet foam sourced from a London based matress vendor and are combined with paint. The foam functions hereby as a reinforcement for the paint, while the paint provides structure. They are named after the Kaibab Limestone found in nothern Arizona due to visual similarities.

Kaibob Bowls: The Kaibab bowls are made of offcuts of sheet foam sourced from a London based matress vendor and are combined with paint. The foam functions hereby as a reinforcement for the paint, while the paint provides structure.

They are named after the Kaibab Limestone found in nothern Arizona due to visual similarities.

 
 
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