London-based designer Ariane Prin’s newest homeware collection isn’t clay, but it still uses a natural process to achieve its distinctive look. “Rust” presents trays, pots and vases with a patina of oxidized metal, which Prin achieved by combining metal shavings from key cutting and metalworking shops with plaster and jesmonite, according to Designboom. The designer states on her web site:
No two items in RUST are the same: the collection is entirely hand-made and the metal dust oxidation gives each product a unique texture, varying in colour and intensity.
Prin told Designboom:
‘it takes us about three days to complete a piece in ‘rust’. that is no considering the rusting time and the high variability of the process — I often reject and recycle pieces in the production when I’m not happy with the result. but every time I go to my studio I’m excited to see the objects’ changing textures. it’s like each one of them was alive and mutating with time.
the shapes I chose for the RUST range are extremely simple. I wanted to let the material and its visual articulation be the heroes of this series of products.’
Prin, according to her bio, was born in France and attended Royal College of Art for her MA in design products. She states that her work “spans across the experimentation and reinterpretation of raw waste materials to create new products.”
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