Analog Degradation: Dave Hakkens’ Shrinking Jug

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Eindhoven-based designer Dave Hakkens has been on our radar since we first got wind of his “Break Soap” concept, and it so happens that wind was the inspiration behind the more recent oil pressing machine. So too does his latest project begin with a seemingly straightforward concept—that porcelain shrinks when you bake it—and end with a fascinating, allusive series of objects. Curious about the ‘diminishing returns’ of the material, Hakkens “made a huge jug from all kinds of materials to see the shrinking process on different textures.”

From this jug I made a mold and poured porcelain in. Then baked it at 1260 degrees, and it shrank… With this porcelain model I made another mold and baked it, it shrank again. Made a mold from this model and so on… Every time the porcelain deforms a little bit and slowley the textures loses its detail.

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After 13 rounds of casting and baking, he arrived at a collection of 14 jugs, each of which comes in at roughly 60% of the volume of its progenitor. Thus, the original jug is a healthy, pitcher-sized 5000mL, while the last one holds a mere 10mL, or a whopping two teaspoons.

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Meanwhile, minor deformations emerge in more subtle fashion, as details fade and the vessel develops a slight crook in its back. Although molds are intended to mass produce exact replicas from a single template, Hakkens’ “Shrinking Jug” series clearly illustrates the variations that characterize handmade objects.

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Hans J. Wegner’s Feather-Filled Mid-Century Modern Sofa Makes a Comeback

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One of my first tasks as an industrial design intern, nearly twenty years ago, was to archive the draftings coming off of a plotter machine the size of two refrigerators. I’d bring the fresh prints to the File Room, which was filled with flat-file drawers holding draftings that traveled back in time; by rifling through the lower right corners of each page, where the title blocks were, I could drill down and get to decades-old, hand-drafted sheets of old product designs scrawled onto mylar and vellum. As a wide-eyed student I found it fascinating that all of these things were saved, and that in theory, I could take one of these older drawers to a current-day modelmaker or tool-cutter and have them reproduce the object.

Carl Hansen & Son is a Danish furniture outfit that’s over a century old, and they’ve recently done their own version of diggin’ in the crates. In the section of their file room filled with work by Hans J. Wegner, the Danish Modern designer, they found blueprints for a sofe he designed in the mid-’60s. And now, nearly fifty years later, Wegner’s mid-century modern piece is once again rolling off of the assembly line, in two- and three-seat versions named CH162 and CH163.

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What’s interesting about this particular sofa is what it’s stuffed with; Wegner chose, of all things, feathers for the original design.

…In 1965 when the original was introduced, feather filled cushions were revolutionary. “The sofa series was originally known as the ‘Down Cushion Sets’, because cushions filled with feathers were an innovation at the time. Wegner chose feather cushions to create a soft and inviting look – a style that broke with the standard practice of using cushions of fixed upholstery.” says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son.

The announcement is so new that the sofas are not yet on Carl Hansen & Son’s website, but you can see other Wegner pieces they produce here.

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BIO23 exhibitors announced

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Prostheses and Innesti by Studio MK27, Manuela Verga and Paolo Boatti


London Design Festival: construction workers made this furniture on show at London’s Gallery Fumi, but Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan of Studio MK27 has added small details to embellish each piece. (more…)

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Harley-Davidson: Driven by history

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Art Director: Lucia Cermakova
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Illustrator: Tim McDonagh

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