Re-Connecting People and Material ( work in progress)
To create a better world we must act and do our own ‘thing’; we believe people have lost the
connection to materials. Linear thinking has brought us to blindly consuming and buying whatever
we want. Meanwhile we ignore the amount of energy and resources it takes to serve our ‘needs’, putting enormous stress on earth’s resources. Instead, we should look at what we really need. With need comes function: what do I need it for, where do I need it and when do I need it.
We see everything man makes as a resource, a half-product, a blank.
By changing people’s perception of functionality we try to find solutions which are within anyone’s reach, we want to change your way of thinking. Functions in architecture and design are temporary and often have a limited lifespan. By shifting functions between objects, components or spaces, we are questioning the standard design approach where form follows function. It is this approach where our method meets the goals of circulair thinking. By shifting functionality of existing objects, components or spaces we try to achieve an endless lifespan.
Of course we cheat the system in our own style – it is the dialog, the challenge, we need to succeed. Before taking on an assignment we look at the setup through six criteria: best friends; exotic new material; inspiring location; integrating the social context, far-reaching PR and last but not least a budget that brings change and makes materials lift off the ground. Each new project needs at least three of the above mentioned qualities.
So when starting a project it is the challenge; the problem; the question which needs to be solved. We use the ‘ping pong’ method, jumping from one end to another completely of track and visualizing solutions with existing materials. No solution we choose is the best, although some are better than others, it is the timespan for the project which forces us to make a decision. It is possible to have this dialog by your self but it gets easier when working in a team. What is the sound of one hand clapping….
Next to all of this there is availability of material, you can make a map where to get local material or you can enter any hardware store and see what you bump into, meaning it doesn’t have to be discarded or waste material, we see everything manmade as a half-product, as material. You could also take a walk around the block an be inspired by anything you see along the way.
Material likes material and shape loves shape, what we are trying to bring across is that there are some rules called esthetics, and they are easy to follow, and to ignore because sometimes ugly things become beautiful in there own special way. Repetition creates beauty but to get to a higher or next level you must combine and connect or re-connect.
On our Homepage you can find ‘the function generator‘ a simple and effective tool, by combining random materials and functions from our own projects we can create new images in your mind. It is the beginning of our periodic system of materials and functions, where an n-dimensional matrix forms the base for data driven design. The goal of this system is to influence design in such way that not only the first function is known but also the second and the third etc.
In the periodic table of elements brave scientist are looking to fill the empty spaces, the blanks in the system, in our periodic table of materials are many blank spaces which need to be filled.
When you scroll down on our homepage you find our tag cloud which consists of the materials we have used and their functions.
We need a chair and the material which is available is a car tyre, the question is now how to turn this tyre into a chair, we can cut it, drill holes, etc. but our way of turning it into a chair might not be your way, or the best way, so we encourage other people to join in and show what they can do.
Now imagine you do the same but the function we are looking for is a violin…
It is not difficult to imagine endless combinations of materials and functions. And by chance the one thing which is abundant on this planet is what most people call waste, but it is not the only resource we can use. For us everything is a resource.
If it is possible to make a chair from a car tyre, you can ask yourself the opposite question. Is it possible to make a car tyre from a chair, can the matrix can go both ways?
Of course everything would be better if we design our resources in such a way that it never becomes waste, you could say : “we should design our waste”.
Through better design faulty components can be replaced and lifecycles can be extended.
But what we find more interesting is that parts can re-connect to other parts and we can change the function
Therefore the goal is creating endless use with change of functionality.
We are currently working on manuals that inspire people to look at the world differently.
We create pilot projects in architecture, interior design and public spaces.