Design Talents Watch
Three talents from Europe: Jolan van der Wiel, one of the rising stars in the interior design world; Martin Leuthold, with a career spanning over four decades in the design of fashion textiles and interiors, and Doreen Westphal, who likes to make unexpected material mixes, especially when using concrete.
Design Talents Watch 1: Jolan van der Wiel
Jolan van der Wiel of The Netherlands
debuted his graduation project from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in
Gravity Stool at the January 2012 imm
D3 Design Competition exhibition in Cologne, Germany. When you experience his
perspective and innovation, there is a sense that you are among a rising star
in the design world. Jolan winning the 1st Prize Interior Innovation Award for
Young Talent 2012 at imm verified this feeling.
Post your calendars to visit
him at Ventura Lambrate www.venturalambrate.com during the Milan Design Week on April 17–22,
more information about this new design talent, visit www.Jolanvanderwiel.nl.
Gravity Stool was a
design school project that started with the concept of “Nothing is Something”. In Jolan’s words: “The aim was to explore and
visualize what was always already there, but invisible to the human eye. The
search of a means of visualization and gravitation had caught my attention. As
an invisible but omnipresent power, gravity offers the possibility to manifest
itself visually within the realm of the material”.
continues: “There is the potential in joining technology with a natural
phenomenon by developing new ‘tools’ as an important means in allowing new forms
and designs to take shape.” Inventing a “grass roots” machine to create the
stools enabled Jolan to experience the design process from start to finish. He
believes that his role as a designer is one of support… to allow the shape to take
materials Jolan van der Wiel uses are a mixture of iron filings (almost 6
kilos/stool) with different components of plastics, which after mixing will
harden within five minutes. Color is added to give a visual "texture" that
reflects as something other than the obvious metal color. What is the end
result? The stool is
strong enough to sit on, holding around 200 kg!
this design genius at work at http://vimeo.com/34773498.
Design Talents Watch 2: Martin Leuthold
Martin Leuthold, Creative
Director of the luxury Swiss textile company Jakob Schlaepfer, is as prolific
and talented as they come. Having followed his collections since the early
1990s, as international awards that have continued to acknowledge his work in
the world of innovative textiles, Martin’s career designing fashion textiles
and interiors spans four decades of designing
4 collections/year for haute couture fashion and 1 collection/year for interiors.
His textile "genius" can be found on all of the international fashion
had the opportunity to connect with Martin in Paris during Paris Deco Off 2012 in
January at the Neolux showroom showing his latest collection of interior
textile innovations. Here are a few of the masterpieces that I admired and
would like to share with you!
information for those living in the Baltics or visiting the Baltics: As of
October 2011, Martin’s work with Jakob Schlaepfer can be seen in the new
Krassky interior showroom in Riga, Latvia www.krassky.lv.
more about Martin Leuthold of Jakob Schlaepfer, visit www.jakob-schlaepfer.ch.
Concrete Tex-Tile: Known for
developing state-of-the-art technology and production to create the ultimate in
textile luxury, Martin fuses in these images concrete and fabric, using wood
blocks for creating the production of decorative tiles for tactile wall-tile
accents. The idea of transforming a draped textile effect into rigid and more
permanent for wall installations is innovation at its finest. These are just a few of his textural gems,
hot off the press!
|Sheer Laser: Martin’s newest
laser technology is inspired by the goldsmith industry. Showcased at Paris Deco
Off 2012, a sheer chiffon textile, layered with a thin film of silver metallic
was etched by the new laser machine, penetrating the silver layer ONLY (and not
the entire fabric), exposing the colored chiffon layer beneath through a linear
pattern.The result is a shimmering glow of pattern and surface interest that
flows with any medium. |
|Etched: Laser technology
was also used to create this beautiful lace textile for the 2012 Interior
collection. I particularly like how the pattern was etched with the relief
texture in mind, adding dimensional play at every angle.|
|Korsakow brought Jakob Schlaepfer the Imagination Prize 2009 award at Premiere Vision 2009, a prize given for the most daring and surprising creation of material, technique
and finishing. Korsakow is a 3D creation of foam tipped with gold leather and
applied to a transparent tulle background. |
Design Talents Watch 3: Doreen Westphal
Doreen Westphal is a
German designer living in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. She designs with an eye
to marrying architecture and science, considering each step in the design
process. I had discovered her work while attending DMY Berlin 2010, when she
was showcasing her Concrete Lace curtain. Recently, I saw her at January’s Maison
et Objet in Paris, continuing the signature work of marrying unexpected
material mixes, especially when using concrete, to achieve more fluid and
softer effects. For
more information about Doreen Westphal, visit www.doreenwestphal.com.
I presented Doreen’s Concrete Lace in
my 2012 forecast direction to North American designers, they were astounded as
to how concrete could translate into a delicate form and texture, yet possess the
functional strength that concrete is known for in interior spaces. The “lace”
is made from ultra high-performance concrete and mixed with suspension
materials like ribbon or 1mm steel cable. Applications are found in hotels,
auditoriums, window treatments, room dividers, restaurants, and the list goes
Concrete Vase Copper,
Silver and Gold Leaf: Doreen’s latest in concrete translation is
Concrete and Detailed, a series of tableware and living accessories. The design
of a concrete vase explores the tension between nature and culture, combining
strong geometrical forms with organic ornaments—warm metallic leafing
throughout the concrete. The major but hidden advantage of this innovation is
in the production process. Ceramic concrete products use over 50 times LESS
fossil fuels during the entire production process, as compared to traditional
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