April 2018

‘Mutant Matter’ Milan Design Week 2018,

Curated by Dutch Invertuals.

Co-Curated by FranklinTill Studios.
Project description
Circle: HDPE and coated steel, 1500mm / 1500mm / 80mm Cross: HDPE and coated steel, 900mm/ 900mm / 500mm

Conflict is about materials which expand due to temperature differences. Almost every material expands as soon as it becomes warmer, and starts to shrink when it’s temperature drops. We used this phenomenon as a production technique to make objects.

In case of the cross we have attached the metal onto the plastic while the material was minus 80 degrees. By exposing the flat shape to ambient temperature it starts to form itself into a 3d object. It’s moving like an organic living thing and thereby the form will always be adapting in relation to temperature.

The circle is based on the same principle. The white inner circle is just 3 centimetres bigger than the metal ring. By cooling the plastic circle to minus 80 degrees, the circle shrinks exactly enough to fit just into the metal ring. By exposing it to ambient temperature again, the circle starts to expand. Thereby it locks itself and reshapes the metal framework into a somewhat square shape. This is really explaining the power of the expanding of materials due to temperature.

Exhibition tekst.

Mutant Matter materials and making for a supernatuaral future,Humans play with nature’s materials – now nature is playing with human material, as we enter the Anthropocene era, a new geological age.

Mutant Matter, the 18th exhibition presented by Dutch Invertuals at Milan Design Week, this year co-curated with FranklinTill Studios, an exhibition of design concepts investigating our material future.

Photography by: Ronald Smits, ZwartFrame.