enrique muda bull: 'drinking straws lattice' at DMY berlin design festival 09 enrique muda bull: 'drinking straws lattice' at DMY berlin design festival 09
jun 16, 2009

enrique muda bull: 'drinking straws lattice' at DMY berlin design festival 09

enrique muda bull standing behind his lattice of drinking straws image © designboom

from afar, spanish designer enrique muda bull‘s ‘drinking straws lattice’ looks like a normal room divider. but upon closer inspection, one sees that the panel is made up entirely of drinking straws. from the front, the appearance of the straws is totally flat, however the distance that observers stand from the screen, as well as the movements they produce will determine what is seen through. if there is eye contact between two people when they are facing each other and standing very close to the lattice, they will be able to see an area of the other person, completely isolated like a pupil of an eye. if one person stays close to the lattice and the other one goes further and further away, one will see more of the surface of the straws and what stands behind them.

when people stand closely, on opposite sides of the lattice they are able to see a small area of the person across from them image © designboom

when one stands far away from the lattice and the person opposite stands close, they are able to see more image © designboom

thousands of straws are stacked on top of one another image © designboom a closer look at the straws image © designboom

the straws when not all lined-up straight effect what observers see on the other side of the screen image © designboom

image © designboom

designer enrique muda bull sporting his ‘basket-ball’ helmet design portrait © designboom

  • It looks like a bad copy work of SO-AD design agency’s an interesting work “P.O.V.” which is realized in 2005.
    [url=http://so-ad.com/beyond/work/pov/pov.html][/url]

    z says:
  • [url=http://so-ad.com/beyond/work/pov/pov.html] SO-AD[/url]

    z says:
  • Tokujin did this for a whole room for Moroso in 2007:

    [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5Vkl3Xla5Q]

    Duncan says:
  • Not to mention Tara Donovan’s much better executed “Haze” (2003) http://www.acegallery.net/artistmenu.php?Artist=8#

    lime says:
  • it’s pretty funny how shamelessly designers can rip off artist work and no one says boo. weak.
    tara dovonvan:
    http://www.acegallery.net/artistmenu.php?Artist=8
    https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/community/blogosphere/feministbloggers/wp-content/uploads/SarahG/tara_donovan.jpg

    niels says:
  • THE AUTHOR HAS SOMETHING TO SAY:

    1, I DID NOT COPY IT.
    I WAS WAITING IN A CAFE AND MY BOSS ALWAYS ASKED ME TO WALK UPSTAIRS FOR A BUNCH OF STRAWS. I LOOKED THROUGH LIKE IF IT WOULD BE A MAGNIFYING LENS AND SAW SOMETHING INTERESTING WAS HAPPENING THERE.

    2, AT DMY A FEW PEOPLE TOLD ME THAT THEY HAD ALREADY SEEN IT. THAT IT HAD BEEN MADE AN INSTALLATION CREATING FORMS&TEXTURES WITH DIFFERENT LENGHTS AND ADDING OBJECTS TO THE STRAWS MASS.
    BUT NOT EXHIBITED AT ITS FIRST STAGE, JUST THE LOOK THROUGH, AS A LATTICE.

    3, IF IT HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY MADE AS A LATTICE. THERE IS SOMETHING CALLED COLLECTIVE AWARNESS. AND THIS IS REAL.

    4, IT IS EASY TO GET ALL EXCITED ACCUSING SOMEONE ELSE AND REINFORCE YOUR PREJUDICE.

    5, THE BALL IN THE HEAD YOU NEED A BIT OF SENSE OF HUMOR TO ENJOY IT. IT IS USEFUL IN WINTER IF YOU RIDE A BICYCLE.

    6, “DESIGNERS SHAMELESSLY RIPPING ARTISTS”.
    WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!
    THIS KIND OF GENERALIZATIONS FEED HATE AND RESENTMENT.
    RIPPING DEPENDS FROM THE PERSON NOT FROM THE FIELD.

    7, I’LL HAVE TO KEEP AN EYE IN DEPTH ON THE NET I GUESS.

    8, I INVITE YOU TO CHECK OUT MY BLOG AND SEE THE WHOLE BODY OF MY WORK. WE CAN KEEP TALKING FROM THERE.

    enrique muda bull says:
  • The same idea again…….

    mil says:
  • Sad to hear some designer defeating himself. I looked the blog over, I feel no different towards the straw screen. Its beautiful, but a used material like all. most the ideas i saw, only made me smile, remembering of mechanomorphs and there humor. Beautiful in themselves, but original mashups.

    Sad even more when other designers compare others to this work, one created clouds inside, another haze. Every work is different through the artists eye, that is what art is, the artists eye of the world.

    g says:
  • all see before, and better “executed”.
    …and all caps…no…

    luis says:
  • I think that ideas are meant to be shared.
    The material used in this case is the same as the artists and designers you have mentioned, but the idea is different. Many creatives work in the same materials but use them in different applications. Enrique’s work adds a bit of humor to our often serious society.

    Ali says:
  • They All stole the concept from it’s original creator; the Bee.

    bitchbitchbitch says:
  • How come you are all discussing on originality?
    In such a connected global society, similar things appear and they are not necessarily born in a linear time-frame, one influenced by the other. It is a different interpretation each time – even if it’s the same material and similar structure.
    Yes, there IS (!) the straw work by Tara Donovan and then the less interesting application of Tokujin Yoshioka. They were the precedessors. This new work is of interest too.
    Give him a chance!

    ART is always before and better than design says:
  • Interesting!!
    Relativism here is king apparently. Not to mention a bit of spite. If everyone broke new ground then noone would even try creating. Parthenogenesis only happens with bees (considering the comment about bees, I think its funnily relevant- for non believers look it up… THEY DO).
    Isn’t it that straw is a raw material for a designer? If somebody is using pencils he is bound to make lines or dots or a stain of some sort. Straws tend to be magical viewed like that. Designers are inquisitive people, and make the most of a material’s properties (usually). Nobody can lay claim to the use of straws, or the laws of optics.
    Sometimes design is about emergence. In laymans terms… discovering the Americas from east and west is the analogy (we still qualify for discovering America, even though the existing tribes did so thousands of years back).
    Ohh btw, isn’t it that this is a different thing all together. If not mistaken, it is a room divider, not an isntallation for Hermes, or art.
    And one final note for the brave ones casting the first stone (especially Niels). Where were your loud voice when Toqujin Yushioka did his version? Was he copying Tara Donovan? Did she copy him? Or are you afraid to throw stones to mountains?
    Mate… keep on trying and only your track record can prove who you are as a designer. For the moment rest assured you make lines somewhere. At least that. Lets hope your judges do too!

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