Object Density

Thistle

 

Materials:

Aluminium, Steel fasteners

 

Description:

Ubiquitous, hardy, and often ignored, the thistle holds intricate beauty for those who look.

Many design projects call for long consistent lengths of stock, limiting the possibility to repurpose, and reuse valuable resources. What happens to the odds and ends that are left? The offcuts, dead-stock and miss orders, waiting patiently in storage, lurking in scrap yards or collecting dust in a workshop bin. 

These materials were once highly sought after, and although that initial surge of potential has passed, still hold embodied energy, knowledge and process. Can we recontextualise and revalue before selling on to recycling yards? A process that does divert material from landfill, albeit with a steep energy expense. 

Through a process of scavenging, careful retreatment, and rebuilding, we seek to view aluminium T-slot extrusion in a new light. A typology designed for raw functionality that conceals such beauty within – we are allured by its cross section. We slice, tumble and re-collect, amassing a form with patterned iconography akin to ancient mosaics, yet with a lingering feeling that it may have been sent back from a dystopic superfuture. We are making now with the scraps of yesterday. 

This collection of aluminium offcuts were reclaimed from the scrap bin of an industrial production facility, and will be the extrusions’ last ditch hope at everlasting utility, in a form more beautiful than ever intended. 

This edition will be the first iteration of an ongoing series, with the intent to revalue that which has been left to the side. 

 

Biography

Object Density is a Sydney based design studio established by Nicola Charlesworth and Kim Stanek. Originally from Australia, the duo moved from Sydney to Eindhoven in 2019 to immerse themselves in dutch design culture while founding their studio.  Now having returned to Australia, invigorated by an intense period of focus, they aim to bring their newly formed studio vision to the Australian design community. Object Density creates artistic objects of use, drawing upon research and cultural narrative to communicate values of sustainability and community. Often integrating waste or discarded materials, they seek to reinstate value through conscious process and material decontextualisation. Through examination of object typologies, materials and processes of the past and future, Object Density believes that a designed object can be ‘dense’. Dense with the tacit knowledge of those who contributed throughout the design process. 

 

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