Some products are based on practical solutions, to fulfill a simple purpose. But some objects do more than that, they tell a story about their production process, their intend of inspiration or something the designer behind will to tell. David Derksen is this kind of story-teller. The dutch designer is fascinated by nature and the processes and principals behind it and try to translate this into his furniture and objects. David graduated in 2009 from the renowned Design Academy Eindhoven and received a master degree from the TU Delft in 2011. Based in Rotterdam he is specialized in creating objects which are able to surprise and fascinate with unconventional details and properties.
David's intention is to play with the forces of nature. In his designs he tries to express the beauty of the material and the way it is produced. His Copper lights for example are created simply by folding the material, a principle which defines the shape and beauty of the product without added ornaments. Every light is folded by hand and receives it's beauty by reflecting the given light situation, where each facet get a different but every time warm tone of color.
His Gravity plates tell a story about dynamic. David used a pendulum to decorate the plates with different graphics. The patterns are the graphic representation of the oscillation of the pendulum, revealing a hidden pattern that exist in nature. The result is a play between the mathematical rules of the natural oscillation and the randomness of the human that initiates the swing of the pendulum. A combination which makes each plate unique, like a piece made by nature.
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