Materials from up to down and left to right; Feather, clay, soap, plaster, bamboo, salt, cork, candle wax, orange-peel, garlic, glass, concrete, steel, sunflower oil, copper and plastic. Read the combinations by following the axes. Photographer: Johannes Schwartz
As a designer I base my work on the experimental process foremost. During this process I discover hidden potentials of existing materials, as well as new materials and material combinations. For the project Forced Fusion I aligned sixteen different materials, such as wax, glass, and salt, along the axis of a diagram on the wall. By forcefully matching them with each other by the use of different techniques (boiling, sawing, sandcasting, melting et cetera), 120 samples of strange combinations have resulted.
When you use a structure wherein the combinations are fixed, you are forced to make combinations that you would never think of. Even when I beforehand did not see the use of making them, I was often surprised by the results. This is my incentive of making. Natural processes such as chemical reactions, the formation of structures and crystallization take over a part of the design.