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.

 

 

 

 

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POLYMERIC ART

‘Variables – Patterns’

Unaltered Marine plastic objects found on the UK coast between 1994-2010 collated and created to reflect the mean temperature of the UK official summer of 2010. Made by Steve McPherson. A great example of intelligent recycling and sustainable Art.

http://www.stevemcpherson.co.uk/

Variables – Patterns

Variables – Patterns

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


Evelyne Bermann and her exceptional arts

When GEVACRIL® got to know the works of Evelyne, they’ve been amazed by the skillful compositions one can actually do with acrylic glass, our favourite material. Evelyne studied originally graphic design and decided to work with arts in 1985, when she opened her own atelier in Lichtenstein. She is focused on sculptures, wall objects and installations, and works since 2000 with fluorescent acrylic glass. The pure presentation of her works changes the space and invites the viewer into a surreal fantasy world. In 2007 and 2008 her works had been shown at the international art fair ART Innsbruck.

Evelyne Bermann, source: http://www.bermann.li

GEVACRIL® has the honor to present some of Evelyne Bergmann’s artworks at the upcoming K-fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, which starts on October 27th. During the exhibition week visitors are always welcome to our stand, which will be located in hall 5, stand B 22. With this GEVACRIL® adds a new touch to the acrylic world presented on plastics’ faires. Visitors can thus not only view examples of our products, but as well see what amazing possibilities it offers.

On Evelyne Bergmann’s website you can find great examples of her work.

www.bermann.li

Enjoy!

Your Geva-Blog Team!

Continue Time

That is what Sander Mulder asks us to, when introducing his latest design, a clock of its own. The Dutch designer challenges the time consumer by making him think not only about the passing time, but as well about its value and presentation. Can time be sweet? Can it be hard? What does time mean to us?

http://www.sandermulder.com/continue_time.html

At the Salone del Mobile 2010 in Milan Mulder introduced his latest designs. And when looking at the “artworks” of the designer, you might think this man is not restricted by his thoughts in any way. He works with lighting, furniture and different accessories. The forerunner of the Continue Time was the About Time, a clock, that would rotate on your desk, while time passes.

http://www.sandermulder.com/about_time.html

Sander Mulder was presented by one of the top magazines for innovative movements, the Chinese VISION and even in the NY Times add. And he says about his studio works: “We work for ourselves, with no urge to fulfil expectations other then our own, we immerse ourselves in all kinds of subjects. Inspired and refreshed our resulting dreams are made into reality through beautiful craftsmanship.”

Check out their website and learn more: http://www.sandermulder.com .

Your Team from GEVACRIL®

Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2010

This year the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2010 -faire was held in Milan, Italy from 14/04/2010 till 19/04/2010. Visitors could explore contemporary furniture designs, interior object designs and much more. The illumination part presented this year showed some surprises. Among the exhibitors was the Acryl Studio Design srl. They produce exclusive furniture parts made from acrylic glass. For those who are looking for an extraordinary seating-accommodation we recommend to have a look at the chairs from Softline All Kit.

Photos: http://www.softline-allkit.com

Many designers nowadays choose to work with acrylic glass. The advantages to work with this material are clear. First, you have a lot of possibilities to shape and colour your product. Second, the material is resistant and can even be re-polished after some years, if necessary, which will make your product like like brand new again.

Bruce Sterling, a visitor of this years faire, took some great pictures and published them on Flickr. Have a look, if you missed the chance to go to the faire:

Bruce Sterlings Flickr Album

by Bruce Sterling

This fair is a great opportunity for new talents to show their ideas. We can see that our favourite material is climbing up the materials ladder of preference.

Your Team from GEVACRIL®

Visit www.gevacril.com to have a look at our product range!

Fátima di Santis: I was in love with my bag

GEVACRIL is always looking out for interesting people to introduce to the world. In our first interview for the GevaBlog we will introduce the Brazilian Designer Fátima di Santis, who is professionalized in handbags, but does more as well.

GevaBlog: You are a fashion designer. Why did you choose this profession, and how came your specialization on  handbags?

Fátima: I started getting interested in fashion when I was still working as a hair stylist in São Paulo, but because I didn’t have much time left I couldn’t study at that time. When I moved to Curitiba my friend had a sewing machine and a roll of fabric, the more I tried to work with the machine the more enthusiastic I got, and started feeling like really learning it. In the beginning I used that same roll of fabric for everything. I tested until the fabric was used up.

My friend’s uncle, who is a fashion designer, was moving his atelier and he gave me some pieces of really nice material, I got very happy, because the material was really “Haute Couture”. So my first bag was done! The design was simple but the composition was sensational in my opinion. I was in love with my bag. Then I got a partial scholarship for a fashion course at SENAI, it was great and I learned a lot and so I became a Fashion Designer.

Bags are important accessories, I love making them and I love wearing them, I also adore Haute Couture and I want to make clothes too.

How do you create your designs?

My inspiration sources are infinite. When I am cooking for example I get some ideas looking at the shapes and colors of the vegetables, then I make a paper draft and try to realize the idea. When I am in my atelier I get inspired by the materials I have. In general it can be anything:  shapes, arts, cinema, TV… I am always seeking for something new and testing different things.

What is the speciality about your patterns?

I love colour compositions and using different materials. I am very happy with my work. I have a good partnership with a furniture designer who donates all his left over materials to me and I make beautiful pieces out of them while having low costs.

Since you are a Brazilian, what do you think is the typical Brazilian part in your creations?

Brazil is multicultural, it is colourful, beautiful, charismatic, open to the new, emergent, rich and above all sunny. Yes, there is a lot of Brazil in my creations!

While producing your handbags you have a focus on environmental issues as well. Can you explain us a little about this?

Many times, quite frequently, I use materials that normally would be thrown away (80% of my bags are made by using left over fabrics). So I am doing something good  to the environment and at the same time I gain something with it. It is really fulfilling, but it is not always possible to use left over materials, because I am focused on the “exclusive”.

What does the expression “individual style” mean to you?

It means to have your on style and opinion without corrupting yourself. I love the fashion world, I can impose my style into the fashion and change it. I use the fashion, it can dress me and also help me but it won’t change me.

You are selling your handbags basically on the Brazilian market and you are now exploring Europe. Can you tell us where our fashion girls and boys can find your bags?

Actually, I have friends from many different countries and most of them have my bags, so they are in Japan, New Zeland, the USA, England, Scotland, Argentina, Germany, among others.

The fashion girls and boys can find my bags on my Blog and they can place orders through my e-mail.

What’s your next step?

To learn other languages and improve the ones I already speak, English, Italian and French, and then: Conquer the world!!

Thank you Fátima!

Kristina, thank you very  much!

Merci beaucoup!

Gracie!

Dankeschön!

Obrigada!

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More about Fátima di Santis:

Blog: http://fatimadisantis.wordpress.com/

Contact: fatimasantis(at)yahoo.com.br

Kristina Bodrozic-Brnic for GevaBlog!

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