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With this artwork I have tried to question our existing understanding and expectations of the use and placement of materials in furniture design.
Hallway is a small series of three functional and sculptural objects in a simple and uncomplicated mode of expression, which through the choice of material and composition gives the objects individual character. The furniture is, both in the matter of material and shape, inspired by a hammer created to carve stone.
Materials Hatstand: Stone, maple and polyurethane Stool: Stone, oak and polyurethane Bowl: Stone, smoked oak and polyurethane
Dimensions Hatstand: 1500 x 320 x 240 mm Stool: 395 x 445 x 240 mm Bowl: 1070 x 320 x 240 mm
Partly sponsored by Covestro, A/S Forenede Stenhuggerier & Greve Produktion og Design
To me REFORM is the opportunity to show a different and more experimental side of Danish furniture design. REFORM is to investigate extremities within material and design. It is an abstract way of thought, which for a moment lets you forget about production and more serious issues.
By thinking REFORM before production I am not constrained by a certain material, a particular shape or the limitations of a manufacturer or of the industry. It gives rise to new ideas, shapes and expressions that normally would not have appeared.
As a furniture designer Astrid Tolnov works experimentally with materials and shape, but she has a clear vision of maintaining the function of the object. To her function is what fundamentally separates design from art. By experimenting with unfamiliar and atypical materials and compositions she forces herself into new work processes, which contribute to different and innovative designs and shapes.
Astrid Tolnov is educated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, in the summer 2016.