glistening and seemingly moving as if sculpted from ice, the nedre foss ‘vannfall’ by jin kuramoto is a glass water jug that looks as if made from the very liquid it holds. its name, ‘vannfall’, translates to waterfall from norweigian and, depending on its color, looks like running liquid or a creature organically growing in the wilderness. available in either clear or green editions, the design forms a useful yet intricately beautiful object.
all images courtesy of nedre foss
‘through my experience of product design, I have made prototype models as steps towards the final model, meaning these prototypes are to verify whether it will as a product or not,’ explains jin kuramoto. ‘I guess I am attracted to the randomness of these models, something that might be lost in the final products. as a starting point I was thinking about how to transfer this randonmess and bring it into to this project.’
‘I wanted to express the charm of sculpture,’ continues the japanese designer. ‘getting back to the attractive elements hidden in the process as well as the beauty of roughness, I wanted to bring those features into the final product, and that was the beginning of the process and this particular method.’
on show at the oslo design fair from august 28-30, 2019, the nedre foss ‘vannfall’ by jin kuramoto is an interpretation of sculptural utility. the japanese designer started the project by creating many models by hand, each one acting as a translation for his concept. through 3D-scanning the form was then modified digitally in order to form the complex steel mold to be used for the final product. the result is an intricate mouth-blown glass water jug that highlights the beauty of both analog and cutting-edge technologies.
hand made models by jin kuramoto
brand: nedre foss
designer: jin kuramoto
exhibition: oslo design fair 2019
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