UNDERTONE (photo by Ronald Smits)
STRIPS & STRIPES (photo by Ronald Smits)
Envisions X Finsa - wood in progress
Shaking up industry’s standards for the past two years – with their dazzling displays of experimental design research – the creative collective Envisions has soundly validated the importance of a design’s preliminary phases. Ascending from the success of last year’s presentation in Milan, Envisions and the Spanish wood manufacturer Finsa vividly pick up where they left off, and carry their enriching collaboration to even greater heights.
As a second chapter to the creative love story, Envisions and Finsa now stand at the outset of creating tangible, industrial progress. The green light has been given to six of the previously created researches, which the designers have distinctively been maturing into a versatile and industry-worthy collection of materials.
These current product developments are presented as a diptych. Continuously taking a stand in not promoting the final product as design’s highest good, the exhibition firstly consists of a conceptual and impressionistic application of the previously handcrafted materials – now industrially altered in the factories of Finsa. Upscaled, repeated and carefully composed together, the contextualised play of materials culminate in a spatial spectacle of sensory finesse which is a direct result of Envisions’ process-focused formula.
Turning the page, we encounter the other side of the diptych that shows us the current, industrial developments of Envisions’ colourful wood samples and Finsa’s captivating manufacturing process involved. Together, the two displays formulate the mission and vision of this collaboration clearly – showing that designers can’t live without the industry and the industry can’t progress without visionary designers. That quality is not a destination, but a direction and – most importantly – a process.
Comprised and composed as if coming from the gloomy corners of Elvis Wesley’s world (de Boer’s eccentric alter ego), the designer’s previous project Graved Grids staged a landscape of black, architectural, grid structures – some stained with a lustrous finish of wax. It was this umbral coloration of the blackboard material, Finsa became particularly interested in and found essential to develop further. Diving deeper, the designer transformed the protective performance of wax finishes into a decorative and appealing element of the board. By applying different colours of finishing in an irregular manner, a varicoloured range of black and grey hues appear, carrying a depth that is both durable and alluring.
strips and stripes
Smooth and evenly finished, the material veneer doesn’t insinuate it’s composition to be built from a number of different wood strips, carefully composed and glued together. Fascinated by this process, Roos Gomperts teamed up with Elvis Wesley to fuse this insight with her previous board research Inter(p)layer, in which she accentuated the concealed layers of MDF by tinkering with paper cut-outs and residual form. In Strips and stripes, the duo explored the aesthetic potential of veneer by applying it’s functional manufacturing steps as decorative elements. Openly highlighting the glueing, cutting and taping stages — while adding their typical, self-drawn finishings — they treat each individual wood strip with playful care. As eclectic and graphic the result may be, they’ve only changed the perception on the polished material by revealing veneer’s true identity — as a lively pattern of strip(e)s.