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Nominee: Roos Meerman with Canorgraphy

Category Lifestyle: Design Canorgraphy

“In my laboratory I research the influence of mechanical manipulation of natural phenomena, by experimenting with material. The way natural forces create organic forms is highly intriguing, as are the innate properties materials have. I give space to knots in wood, shades of colour in leather, bubbles in glass and the collapse and contraction of porcelain to create unique materials and products. Machines, which are the complete opposite of natural transformations of material, also fascinate me; a devise that does precisely that which the user wants it tot do and has predictable output.

Aera Fabrica by Roos Meerman
Aera Fabrica by Roos Meerman

For me designing starts with experimenting with material: dipping, heating, melting, stretching, breaking or freezing the material. I try to transform the tendencies and characteristics of the material and to provoke specific forms. I try to find interesting characteristics and the limits of the material by playing with it. My goal is to control the material but in such a way that it retains its freedom of movement, so the result is always unique. My machines represent an analytical and fundamental designing process, comparable to scientists wanting to get a grip on a phenomenon and to learn to control it.

Aera Fabrica_by Roos Meerman_1
Aera Fabrica_by Roos Meerman

Canorgraphy is a project where I make sound visible. My machine consists of speakers and a mechanical drawing device. When the machine produces sound waves of specified Hertz, the drawing machine makes patterns on textile. The resulting fabrics have been used to make scarves. Aera Fabrica is my second project. Here I use temperature and air to inflate 3D printed forms. The material is free to transform but limited by the different features of the 3D print which I program in the 3D drawing. The features can be forms printed in a form, like cells, or variations in wall thickness.

Canorgraphy by Roos Meerman
Canorgraphy by Roos Meerman

The result is a series of proposals for forms for products that show possibilities of this technique.“

Name: Roos Meerman
Project name: Canorgraphy
Category: Lifestyle design
Website: Roos Meerman


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