Working with unusual materials often implies getting unpredictable results. In most cases, and further to some previous tests with the new materials, spectacular forms of even greater visual impact can be achieved by obvious characteristics such as lightness, malleability or resilience. That is what Danish designer Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt has achieved. A ceramist by training, further to the execution of her projects with common materials such as ceramic or wood, she has now positioned herself as one of the best artisans in plexiglass.
“I love discovering the potential of materials. For me it is very interesting to get new forms. I am very fond of geometric forms and I play with organic structures to generate more surprising, interesting results, says the designer.
Known as the acrylic glass, this synthetic resin –the most transparent of plastics– given its high malleability it allows obtaining shapes that would be impossible with other materials as well as creating pieces of high volume but low weight.
Well known in the world of design, particularly by her lamp finished in wood, Bau, created for Normann Copennhagen, Vibeke now advocates for the use of a combination of plexiglass and brass in her lamps. “I have realised that I love to control the entire production process of my work. I love being both the designer and the maker. I enjoy the complex moment that takes place when I design one of my lamps on the computer and the subsequent construction of the parts that turned into a real lamp.
I am also constantly exploring the possibilities that brass offers in combination with acrylic glass, especially with their different colours. I love getting the surprising ending that sometimes takes place after an arduous working process”, says Vibeke. She defines her lamps as objects of great Scandinavian aesthetic that are also somehow influenced by a touch of refined Italian style. “The trouble with this kind of meticulous, handmade work is that people do not realise the amount of time that is spent creating these pieces.
So when they compare the price with similar products that have been mass produced, they usually find them expensive. This is a factor that plays against artisan products, but there are all kinds of people “, she says. This is however not a factor that concerns the designer as she thinks that her potential clients also look for some exclusivity in her work. “Most lamps are unique pieces. And I personally rather customize them differently for each individual customer”, she says.
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