the improvisation machine by annika frye
‘the improvisation machine’ by annika frye all images courtesy of annika frye
conceived by german designer annika frye, a series of rotational pieces are produced in a experimental production setup using a self-made rotational moulding contraption. in her project titled ‘the improvisation machine’, frye produces a collective variation of objects rather than straying within repetitive forms. each of the moulds are made from simple geometric patterns, with the material being a special plaster that hardens within a shorter time. hollow objects are cut in order to create a vase/dish/containers, where by incorporating wooden parts and other materials, the objects maintain unique elements.
improvisation machine video
video courtesy of annika frye
frye states ‘machine, for me, is more than just a tool: I designed the machine itself by using basic characteristics of a piece of furniture such as brass fittings, multiplex and steel tubes.’ \
‘at the first glance, the material resembles to ceramics, but the plaster is more lightweight. some objects were cut with a saw in order to create a container or a vase. in this way, the top and the bottom of the vase/container/dish can be produced within a single mould.’
the collection concceived using the improvisation machine
the first series of pieces compromises different items such as vases, containers and bowls. still, as each object is unique, all objects are related to each other as all forms are based on an octagonal grid. with the quick setting plaster hardening within 30 minutes, the containers are then sanded from the outside, their inside is covered with varnish for its final finish.
product view of the improvisation machine
a drill with constant variable speed
first prototype experiment
detail after the plaster has dried
incorporating wooden elements within the process
detail of the moulds
geometric patterns for the moulds
istanbul design biennial october 13th – december 12th, 2012
with the aim of underlining the importance of design for production, economy, cultural interaction and quality of life, the first istanbul design biennial will be realized in 2012 by istanbul foundation for culture and arts. istanbul design biennial will be open to all disciplines of the creative industries in major fields such as urban design, architecture, interior design, industrial design, graphic design, new media design and fashion design, as well as their subfields.
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