Acrylic in design and furniture – first part

methacrylate design origin; bed-room furniture for Helena Rubinstein by Ladislas  Medgyès

methacrylate design origin; bed-room furniture for Helena Rubinstein by Ladislas Medgyès

 

PMMA, an industrial plastic material that was patented in the ’30s in Germany, was used as a new material for applications in the field of design already from the ’40s. In the interior design world, first successfull PMMA application results can be traced back to Ladislas  Medgyès, who disegned bed-room furniture for Helena Rubinstein  and to Lorin Jackson, who designed the furniture for Grosfeld House.  But it is in the early 60s that designers start to exploit the advantages of plastics:  the freedom of designing in various forms and a wide range of colors and finishes instead of an inexpensive and easy-to-use replacement for another material.

 

 

 

 

Street Art On Cast Acrylic Block

We newly found these amazing street art works in an art gallery in Milan: The artist, SnakeReverse told us that they are made with stencils on cast acrylic blocks. The works are “stenciled” on the back of the block, so that its thickness create a third dimension effect. This unique and unusual technique looks great. We hope to discover more about this artist. In the meanwhile, enjoy…

PVC coloured sheets in MUDAM

Plasticando, la plastica giocando

plasticando

Navigando sul web abbiamo scoperto questo negozio online molto interessante: www.plasticando.biz. Plasticando si occupa della vendita online dei prodotti in acrilico e policarbonato, dei complementi di lavorazione e degli accessori acrilici e offre un impeccabile assortimento di lastre in PMMA, come le estruse trasparenti e a specchio o le colate colorate e bisatinate, di tubi in PMMA, come i colati cast continued o gli estrusi satinati e opal, di accessori come i pomelli, le sfere e le cupole in PMMA.

Hellmut Bruch – A very own idea of seeing Newton

The Austrian artist Hellmut Bruch has one aim when working: He wants to catch the glimpse of the virtual immateriality. And while doing this, his art-works turn out very esthetic. To me they represent an open beauty through elementary shapes. Bruch works also with modern materials, such as stainless steel and acrylic glass.

I came across his work “Hommage à Olaf Römer, Hommage à Isaac Newton, Hommage à Johannes Kepler”, which consits of three acrylic pieces. The first is a short cylinder. The second, which represents Newton, is a cube, and the third a pyramid. The choice of these three geometrical forms is repeating in Bruchs language. For example, in 2006 he realized a similar idea as a drawing in black, red and white.

His next exibition opens February 25 th at the Atlanta Gallery in Dresden.

Enjoy!

Your Geva-Blog Team!

Evelyne Bermann: “I can realize shapes, which wouldn’t be realizable with glass.”

When GEVACRIL ACRYLICS exhibited at the K-2010 in Düsseldorf they had the opportunity to support the creative ideas of artst Evelyne Bermann. She lives in Lichtenstein and works with acrylic glass and fluorescent colors and goes beyond the imaginable. Bermann transforms the material, rearranges shapes and colors and takes us into a perfectly designed acrylic world. Seeing her pieces becomes entering and following this new world! To introduce Bermann’s art to you we present the following interview and recommend a visit to the artists website.

Which characteristics of acrylic glass made you decide to use this material artistically?

I almost use only transparent acrylic glass. This transparency appears to be light and elegant. It is this lightness that convinced me to continue working with acrylic glass. You can always see the levels in the back and you can include the crossovers or even make them part of the content. Besides there is light and an effect of light refraction.

Another advantage is the viscosity of the material. I can realize shapes, which wouldn’t be realizable with glass. Thereby I can exercise my own creative language, for example my wave-like lines.

It is as well very important to me that I can process the material myself and thus create my very own artworks.

In the end I think that there are plenty of fascinating new materials which surround us every day. But they still find seldom use in contemporary arts.

Your cubes and steles show plenty of shapes and details, which you worked out with an extreme precision. By using which means you can make this possible?

The processing of acrylic glass can’t be studied yet in public courses. Some years ago I got hints and papers regarding the processing. And the rest I learned by “trial and error”. Within time I worked myself into the territory of acrylic glass.

I tried out different cutting methods, different glues, methods of sanding and polishing and a lot more. Meanwhile I am quite experienced and owe four different types of cutting machines.

The reason for working precisely is probably my learned profession as a graphic-designer. I’ve studied and worked in this profession when PCs weren’t broadly available and people had to prepare everything with their own hands. I love to work with my hands and therefore I can work very patiently. For example, I usually sawed all curves and circles with a dekupier-saw (a motorized fret saw).

 

Not only do you work with different shapes, but further with various colors, as well using fluorescent colors. What meaning do colors have in your art works?

Colors are my big love and they are determinant for my art-works. Especially the reduced color range for acrylic glass is a real challenge to my creative abilities.

I fell in love with fluorescent colors, especially with their luminous edges. These colors were the main reason for me to switch to the material of acrylic glass.  They add their lines to the color patches and are like drawings in space, which further create a different image when changing the viewer perspective. So each object receives a multi-faceted design that can fascinate a viewer time and again.

 

Thank you so much Mrs. Bermann!

Your GevaBlog Team


Reviewing 2010

Dear Blog-Readers!

The year 2010 is coming towards an end. Christmas is close and it is a time of reflection and renewal, too. We are enthusiastic about the feedback you gave us on our activities and our innovations:

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2011, full of health and joy!

Your GevaBlog-Team

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