We are at the point of redefining everything. The design is undergoing the phase of being the post-design, and the trend has become an isotope of its own meaning. The re-definition of what we have and who we are is connected with The Fourth Industrial Revolution in which we need to deal with technology and industrial change which is hugely disruptive and out of pace which we, as humans, used to and which is slowly but surely becoming self-sufficient making us more dependent on it. It's a great challenge for politics, academics, environmentalists, philosophers and designers. We need to find new ways and discover new alternatives, turn people into conscious consumers and seek for products which, apart from fulfilling their basic functions, will offer an experience. In the world in which we can have everything at any time, the most invaluable things are those offering ideas, remarkable character, and immaterial mean.
We are presenting five phenomenal artists dealing with this problem. They making art from worthless rubbish and turning it into new, conscious forms of functional products.
Katie Stout The twenty-eight-year-old artist known as Bushwick's Martha Stewart is creating unusual, functional products using materials and fabrics which already have some application. Her collection of home rugs has been created from hats and tricot and pink, outdoor placemats for an outdoor sofa shaped like lips with bright red napkin tongues. Her fascination is also dollhouse furniture. Quite unusual but completely conscious and consistent type of art, not only visual but also sensory.
Stout with her aesthetics of "naive pop" is breaking off with the canon creating products made of paper mass, resin, and different fibers. These forms are funny but also tangible so that the recipient can actually feel them. She is defining raw materials which have their source in rubbish and in her bizarre and insane way, she is producing objects of everyday use that resemble the ones that can be found in Alice in Wonderland.
This Chilean eco-artist is the author of the N+ew project, whose basic materials are technological pieces of rubbish. Processed electronic materials, such as computers, credit cards, hard disks, miles of cables and CDs are turned into furniture. Alonso proposes the sustainable products basing his works on modern aesthetics and an educational background. His projects are like boxes - true testimonies of the time of technology presented in the form of chairs, tables and lamps colored ardent red or simply transparent. Things which are perceived as worthless devices are becoming a new, raw material; they are filled with the epoxy resin and molten aluminum. For the designer it is a type of medium, through which he communicates with the recipients, giving them the essence of products which valued.
He plans nothing but traveling to places where he may learn traditional techniques of handicrafts and splitting his time between studios in Brooklyn and Medellín where he's exercising the merger of techniques and materials. He uses primitive methods producing utilitarian articles with heterogeneous raw materials. Decorative, funky fetish of light and raw materials are the basis of his aesthetics. Raw materials used, completely changing the character of the products - they become decisively nobler. Wolston creates his functional products by developing the practice of both the traditional and technical processes of casting. He combines sand and heated aluminum, adding and imprinting various materials, thanks to which the object evolves. Forms his developing aren't simply ideological projects. They’re also an effect of hard, physical work and craftsmanship.
They have been a team since the moment of graduation, building the studio of expertise. The duo creates furniture and interior design not wasting even a gram of material. Raw materials, which for a considerable number of artists are just a waste, serves them as an inspiration which transfers itself onto the next project. To draw some inspiration, they often travel to places considered extinct, touring body shops and drawing from what is universally regarded as “too ugly”. They adore to carry out experiments with ceramics and stone. It is the key to their philosophy, since "Cool Cut" is one of their most important discoveries. What started as creating a drip mat, developed into subsequent new products. The style characteristic of the young avant-garde artists is plunging knick-knacks of various materials in the resin of ethyl urethane, then polishing them, and subsequently smashing. Then forming and cutting them in order to obtain the dadaist effect an object of utility.