‘the performance of matter’ by joao abreu valente
the expression ‘form follows function’ is no longer a representative statement in the production world. the shift has gone toward a
more honest materialization of design thinking – in other words, the process. to that extent, portuguese designer joao abreu valente
uses a liquid method of research to question the functional meaning of the process and to explore the idea of objects producing other objects.
his project ‘the performance of matter, approaches the moment of transformation itself by exploring the idea of a ‘liquid process’,
essentially seeking a more fluid way of working. in his first of two developments, the ‘teapot’ set, is a single mold that produces an
entire tea set. by using a fixed amount of liquid clay, the production of each object leaves less material to make the next one.
the coloring of the clay is a visual translation of this process, where the first casting reveals the initial mixing of two different
shadea that eventually start to blend into a single hue as the material is poured in and out of the mold, repeating the gesture.
in the same vein, ‘wood casting’ is a wardrobe that creates its own mirror. by casting aluminum in a wooden mold,
the process of transformation generates its own ornament and function through a material interaction. the mirror is
created by pouring and polishing the surface, revealing the reflective potential of the aluminum. the grain is visibly
charred by the metal, and likewise, the aluminum mirror frame is imprinted by the lumber that originally encased it.
one object creates another according to the functional need; they exist because of one another.
wood casting hanger side
aluminum wood print and the burnt wooden mould burnt wooden mould
the tea set
teapot’set concept illustration