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Delicate Nature

By WGSN, 06 December 2010

Research & Reference


Captured form

Frozen in Time by Studio Wieki Somers, 2010

Alices Adventure in Wonderland collection by


Alidra Alic

For her Frozen in Time

Reversed Volumes by MischerTraxler, 2010

Reversed Volumes is a
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collection, Wieki Somers dips


floral forms into a clear UVsensitive liquid resin that
hardens on exposure to light.
It then binds the delicate
petals, twigs and blossom to
a range of vases and lighting.
The objects look as if they are
captured in ice, and have a
strong Art Nouveau aesthetic.
www.wiekisomers.com

Inspired by the surreal flora


and fauna of Lewis Carrolls
Alices Adventures in
Wonderland,Danish jewellery
designer Alidra Alic has
developed her own technique,
which combines precious
metals and stones with plastic
to create a range of jewellery
with a feminine intricacy and
dipped or glazed finish.
www.alidraalic.com

collection of bowls cast


fromvegetables by designers
Katharina Mischer and Thomas
Traxler, who worktogether
under the MicherTraxler
moniker.
The bowls are created without
ever entering a kiln. Instead
thedesigners pack ceramic
powder around a number of
different fruit andvegetables,
which then hardens. The
finished items bear the echoes
ofthe fruit on their insides.
www.mischertraxler.com

Mimicking nature

Inflorescence by Gilles Belley

Aggregation by Andy Lomas

The Organic Factory project


by Gilles Belley explores
similarities between the
artificial and natural to create
objects with shapes and
functions manufactured from
nature. Made from
agromaterials materials
made from agricultural waste
that are biodegradable in
water the Inflorescence bath
bomb combines the
geometrical shape of flowers
with the aromatic scent of
cloves, releasing perfumed
oils into the water.

Andy Lomas creates computergenerated images of organic


natural forms in relation to
simple mathematical rules,
crafting intricate forms
reminiscent of plant and corallike structures through digital
simulation.

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www.andylomas.com

www.gillesbelley.fr

Cultivated growth

Harvest by Asif Khan, 2010

Fashion in Nature by Azuma Makoto, 2010

In Harvest,Asif Khan explores


the idea of plant life as a raw
material. Using the natural
interlocking characteristics of
the gypsophila plant, the
shape of the chair is grown
by weaving, moulding and
freeze-drying. A layer of
linseed-oil resin enables the
furniture to be strong while
retaining a fragile
appearance.

Flower artist Azuma Makoto


explores the possibilities of
artistic self-expression
through flower arranging,
creating botanical sculptures
and haute-couture
boutiques that bring together
the worlds of botany and art.
www.azumamakoto.com

www.asif-khan.com

Celebrating ornamentation

Predictive Dream IX (detail) by Katsuyo Aoki, 2009

While contemporary
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Japanese culture tends to


embrace a stripped-back and
pared down modernist
aesthetic, the NeoOrnamentalism exhibition at
Tokyos Museum of
Contemporary Art celebrates
the more traditional and
ornamental arts and crafts of
Japan such as lacquer work
and intricate carving used in
the countrys art today.

Neo-Ornamentalism from
Japanese Cotemporary Art,
Museum of Contemporary
Art, Tokyo
www.mot-art-museum.jp

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