Inspirational materials company Baars & Bloemhoff commissioned six Dutch designers to craft a collection of products based on their extensive material collection. ‘Transitions’ showcases a collection of materials from reconstructed wood veneer, coloured MDF, laminates and HI-MACS a thermal ductile material.
Each designer was tasked to respond to selected materials to create products that reflect the characteristic of the material. Here are our selected highlights.
Driven by craftsmanship, design studio De Intuitiefabriek’s SPATIAL collection was inspired by architectural structures. Using CNC milling the studio shaped coloured MDF to create innovative ways in which this material can be constructed to form unique shapes but also ensuring the structural integrity of the products, which the studio believe is MDF’s principal strength.
Working with HI-MACS a novel material that can be practically moulded into any shape and used widely within architecture and interiors. The value of this material is that it is thermally ductile, allowing it to be glued together with virtually no seams. Visser & Meijwaard’s ‘Grey on Gray’ collection is inspired by the technical aesthetics of industrial crates, creating a collection that showcases the exoskeleton of the design and celebrates both the technical and decorative function of the material.
Taking inspiration from 20th century aeronautics, Studio Mieke Meijer transforms Decospan, a natural wood veneer to create a lightweight unit that pays homage to an inconspicuous material. Mainly used as a structural component, the studio creates a light, wooden structure that strikes a balance between stability and weight, resulting in a robust unit weighing only 18.5 kilos.