The Dutch Invertuals are an independent collective with an awesome exhibition identity (see below) initated and curated by Wendy Plomp. The group returns to Milan for their second year with a show themed around the blurry borders between a virtual and analog world.
Work includes "interactive cabintes of nostalgia, paper waste furniture and vessels, a vault for personal treasure, daylight captured in textiles, classical centerpieces translated into contemporary lamps and a machine that prints 3D artwork with the help of insects." We chatted with Daniera ter Haar of Raw Color, Jon Stam and Jeroen Braspenning of EDHV at the show, who demonstrate their projects in the video above.
A favorite was Raw Color's Exposures fabric, a photosynthetic fabric exposed to daylight in segments by a hand-cranked machine. The amount of minutes each segment is exposed to determines its amount of blueness, though the firm is experimenting with adding different segments. Though a prototype sells for 500 Euro a sheet, this process seems like it could be mechanized quite easily.
Mieke Meijer's Industrial Archeology cabinet restores aging architectural archetypes and reincorporates them as furniture. The cabinet exhibited at the show references a Gravel Plant.
Daphna Isaacs' work also explores form, translating a classical centerpieces into lighting, hybridizing vessels and lamps—the centerpieces contain objects and shine upon themselves to call attention to their contents.
More projects follow.
Jon Stam's Cabinet of the (Material Virtual) World
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.