David Derksen®cooperativedesign

Je ne suis pas un designer conceptuel

Posted on 2 avril 2012

La Nature et ses procédés sont la principale source d’inspiration de David Derksen*. Selon lui, produire des objets serait comme jouer avec les forces de la Nature. Dans son design il cherche à exprimer la beauté des matériaux, et la façon dont ils sont produits.

Q – VOUS DEVELOPPEZ UN DESIGN EXTREMEMENT SPECIFIQUE, COMMENT LE DEFINIRIEZ VOUS ?

YOU WORK ON A VERY SPECIFIC DESIGN, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT ?

The latest project I did is ‘Transience’, a cooperation with fellow designer and friend Lex Pott. The Transience project is about showing the beauty of oxidation in mirrors. Normally, mirrors oxidize over a long period of time. This can be seen in antique mirrors. We wanted to show this process but also to design the process. Therefore we used sulfur to oxidize the silver layer which resulted in a quicker process. This way were also able to produce colours that go from gold to purple and to make patterns.

Q – VOUS VOUS PLACEZ DANS UNE ECOLE DE CONCEPTION PARTICULIERE, QUELLES SONT VOS INFLUENCES ?

YOU ASSUME TO BE PART OF A VERY SPECIFIC DESIGN TREND, WHAT ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?

My main source of inspiration is nature and especially the physics of nature and it’s processes. I can be stunned by the beauty of ice crystals or foam bubbles and wonder why they are like they are. And of course I always think of how I could apply this in such a way that I can show this fascination to other people. Materials, and how they behave are an important source of inspiration. Art that inspires me is usually abstract and related to geometry, material and color. For example the works of Sol Lewitt, Scot Burton and Donald Judd. One of my favorite non-sculptural artists is Roman Signer. His artworks are actions or events like firing a rocket that pulls a red ribbon over a smoky vulcano. What I like about it is that his works gives a hint of how nature works. He is sort of trying to make his own natural phenomena. There is also lot of beauty in the fact that his works are usually not permanent but just something that happened. Is it still a work of art when no one saw it happening? Is that important? In terms of design, one of my favorite designers is Achile Castiglioni. His designs are aesthetic, very clever and playful at the same time. I can really recommend everyone to visit the former studio of Castiglioni in Milan that is open for public nowadays. Although the master is not alive anymore, there is still so much joy and passion for design in the air of his studio.

Q – VOUS SITUEZ VOUS DANS UN ECOSYSTEME ? SI OUI QUEL EST IL ?

WOULD YOU SAY YOU ARE A PART OF A PARTICULAR ECOSYSTEM ? IF YES WHICH ONE?

Dutch design has mostly become famous for it’s conceptual way of working. However, I do not consider myself as a conceptual designer. What I find more important is that it is an openminded design climate and not restricted by traditions. This offers the opportunity to experiment, whether the result is good or not. So yes I am part of the Dutch design ecosystem, but the system of nature is much more interesting in the end!

*Diplômé en 2009 à la Design Academy de Eindhoven, il a complété sa formation par un MA en design industriel à Delft. Son Studio est basé à Amsterdam.

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