Above, curator Alexandra Midal summarizes HEAD (Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design) Geneva's experimental presentation at this year's Milan Furniture Fair, the culmination of a workshop led by future-thinking French designer Matali Crasset.
In a room with a slanted floor plane, visitors are invited to dip pre-cast wax forms into hot, cylindrical wells of red wax ("magma"), mutating and transforming them one by one. After the dipper is done altering the piece, the result is suspended from the ceiling, creating a gradient of form and color in the headspace of the exhibition.
The project abstracts from the metaphor of a designer's process, as HEAD explains in their press release:
Although the design generally presented in Milan is evaluated according to functional criteria, Dip in Space offers a new approach to the means of creating and standardizing space. Left to its cyclothymias, Dip in Space is divided up into two worlds: the first, with glowing red magma set above the platform, represents the mind of the designer in full ferment, while the second invites visitors to experiment, in a fun and convivial way, with the invention and production of forms. They are invited to dip supports into wax-filled containers from which they withdraw objects, each one of them unique. The forms they produce are assembled in situ to constitute a collective work in progress. A quasi-organic space, Dip in Space celebrates the plasticity of matter and the amusing creation of forms.
More shots after the jump.