luka or explores the delicate line between artificial & natural in botanica
luka or explores the delicate line between artificial & natural in botanica luka or explores the delicate line between artificial & natural in botanica
apr 11, 2016

luka or explores the delicate line between artificial & natural in botanica

luka or explores the delicate line between artificial & natural in botanica
all images courtesy of luka or




tel-aviv-based designer and professor luka or combines paper and brass to artificially re-create the delicate cyclamen flower in his ongoing ‘botanica’ series. the collection represents efforts by or to effectively represent the fragile essence of natural life via a range of industrial materials, textures, and colors. not seeking to merely imitate life, ‘botanica’ hopes to prompt discussion and bring attention to the constantly changing relationship between humans and the organic world. ‘botanica’ is on show as part of the XXI triennale international design exhibition: 21st century. design after design until september 12th, 2016.

using thin transparent paper, luka or presents an ephemeral yet recognizably artificial object

luka or botanica artificial flower series
the cyclamen flower was chosen because of it’s aesthetic attributes and seasonal nature

the two-part flower is manually assembled to create its effect

luka or botanica artificial flower series
paper and brass combine to form the essence of a cyclamen flower

the object’s shape was achieved by gently folding the paper, following its natural inclination


luka or botanica artificial flower series

‘botanica’ is a participant in ‘yes &’ at the XXI triennale di milano – ‘21st century design after design’

luka or botanica artificial flower series
a variety of materials and textures were utilized in the creation of the series



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XXI triennale international exhibition: 21st century. design after design
april 2nd – september 12th, 2016


the XXI triennale di milano international exhibition has a vast program of exhibitions, events, competitions, festivals and meetings throughout the city, in venues ranging from la triennale (palazzo della triennale) to the fabbrica del vapore, pirelli hangarbicocca, the politecnico di milano campuses, the IULM campus, MUDEC, the national museum of science and technology ‘leonardo da vinci’, BASE milano, the palazzo della permanente, the pirelli tower, the ex expo site, the museo diocesano, the pirelli foundation, the university of milan, the accademia di belle arti di brera, the triennale expogate through to the villa reale in monza, the historic site of the first international exhibitions. running under the title ’21st century. design after design’, it touches on key questions, such as the new dramatic art of design, which consists mainly in its ability to deal with those anthropological issues that classical modernity has excluded from its brief, such as death, the sacred, eros, destiny, traditions, and history; the issue of gender in design; the impact of globalization on design; the transformations brought about by the dawn of the twenty-first century and the crisis of 2008; the relationship between city and design; the relationship between design and the accessibility of new information technologies; and the relationship between design and craftsmanship.

  • brilliant

    dbkii says:
  • I appreciate the focus of these pieces, but I think the design is too safe for the subject matter. Neither the form or function push us to question our relationship to the artificial and natural. It just keeps the status quo of mimicking natural beauty as a consumerist object.

    Kevin Dartt says:

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