Crafts depicting strange lands and seas
Ragna Ragnarsdottir creates objects depicting strange landscapes and oceans
Icelandic designer Ragna Ragnarsdottir uses a range of synthetic materials such as acrylic, silicone and latex to complete her designs.
Ragnarsdóttir was named Scandinavian Designer of the Year at the Formex Interior Design Fair in Stockholm for his work, somewhere between home accessories and sculpture.
Icelandic designer Ragna Ragnarsdottir uses synthetic materials such as acrylic resin, silicone and latex to create her designs.
Winning Scandinavian Designer of the Year at the Formex Interior Design Fair in Stockholm, Ragnarsdóttir creates objects that sit in between home accessories and sculptures.
In contrast to the typical minimalist Scandinavian aesthetic, the ceramic object resembles a swirling body, characterized by bright colors, playfulness and creative appearance. Strange landscapes and oceans seem to be depicted on the surface.
The Scandinavian Designer of the Year jury experts unanimously praised these works: "They have a mysterious feeling that reminds people of Icelandic legends and the country's unique nature."
They said, "At the same time, they have traces of Chinese aesthetics."
A departure from the typical minimalist Scandinavian aesthetic. Pottery-like objects combine swirling bright colors and playful figurative shapes. They seem to depict strange landscapes and oceans.
The Nordic Designer of the Year jury described them as evoking "a mystical feeling that brings to mind the Icelandic sagas and the country's unique nature."
"At the same time, they bear traces of Chinese aesthetics," they said.
Ragnarsdóttir showcased a range of her creations at the Formex interior design fair, including delicate Ground and Coral vases, striped ball-shaped candle holders, a colorful Barrier screen and a vibrant Husk Table.
The designer told Dezeen that she sees herself at the intersection of design, art, craft and manufacturing. She actively explores new ideas and innovative ways of mixing materials.
Ragnarsdóttir showcased a range of items at Formex, including delicate Ground and Coral vases, striped Globule candlesticks, a pastel-colored Barrier screen, and a vibrant Husk table.
The designer told Dezeen that she sees herself at the intersection of design, art, craftsmanship and production. She actively explores new creative processes and innovative ways of mixing materials.
Designers strive to encourage user interaction with the product. "When people see my work, they are usually interested in how they are made, they are not good at understanding materials, textures and colors," she says.
The designer added: "Many people mistake the material I work with, it's not what they think. I use acrylic resin, which is a mixture of two materials, which is then air-cured. Formed."
Its purpose is to encourage interaction between the product and the user. “When people see my objects, they are often interested in how they are made,” she says. “The material, texture and colors are unfamiliar to them.”< /p>
"Many people mistake the material I use for ceramic, but that's not the case," added the designer. "This material is an acrylic-based resin. It's a two-factor material that air dries."
This material does not require high-temperature firing and other mechanical processing, and complete curing takes only 15 minutes. Ragnarsdottir uses silicone sheets or latex to create molds that are then cast into sand molds.
According to her, the creamy material serves as an excellent base for coloring.
Ragnarsdóttir explains, "Color is a huge part of my job, I paint and overlay materials in a special way for graphic design. In a way, I paint objects and also build them."
The material she uses doesn't require an oven or other equipment, as it cures in just 15 minutes. Ragnarsdottir molds the parts into silicone or latex molds, then sands and cuts them.
According to her, the milky white shade of the material is an excellent base for dyeing.
"Colors make up a big part of my work," explained Ragnarsdottir. "I paint and layer material in a certain way to create a graphic design. In a way, I paint objects as I create them."
The designer's work is dominated by unique surface graphics. This method originated a few years ago when Ragnarsdottir was studying how latex could be used and manipulated in various forms.
"At first I put them on a pedestal and tried to come up with interesting shapes," she says. "So I made a wooden frame so that the latex could be firmly attached to the table. To mold the object."
The designer's work is dominated by the unique graphic language of landscapes. This technique originated a few years ago when Ragnarsdottir was experimenting with latex, trying to figure out how to shape it into different shapes.
"At first I attached it to the tables, trying to find interesting shapes. I made wooden frames from them to attach the latex in a solid position for casting objects," she said.
Designers plan to develop this technology further.
She said: "When I start a project, I don't necessarily follow something logical or rational, it's more about exploring an existing field. I like to mix materials and use them without being limited to an existing industry or craft. . I try to control the production of everything whatever I can think of."
The designer plans to continue experimenting with this technique in the future.
"When I start a project, I'm not necessarily looking for something logistical or rational, it's more of an exploration of an existing field," she says. producing whatever I can think of and what the material allows me to do."
The Formex Nova Award for Scandinavian Designer of the Year is given annually to a relatively unknown designer in the Scandinavian interior design industry for quality innovation in the design of his work.
The award is part of the Formex Design Fair, which takes place August 21-24, 2018.
Similarly, at Stockholm Design Week in February, designer Jenny Nordberg experimented with a mirror-making technique in which he poured a chemical solution of liquid silver onto a sheet of glass to complete his creation.
The Formex Nova Scandinavian Designer of the Year award is given annually to a relatively unknown designer working in the interior design industry in Scandinavia who is considered to have created high quality and innovative designs.
The award was presented during the Formex Design Fair, which took place from August 21 to 24, 2018
Similarly, at Stockholm Design Week in February, designer Jenny Nordberg experimented with a longstanding mirror-making technique by pouring a chemical solution of liquid silver onto a sheet of glass and leaving it to develop.
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