RUST Homeware Collection by Ariane Prin has fascinated me since September 2016 when I visited her exhibition by chance during London Design Week, but did not manage to find the time to tell you all about it until now. In a way, December turns out to be a better timing for this post because its innovative and environmentally friendly design process would make a very special and unique Christmas Gift for anyone!
RUST is a collection of contemporary ceramic homeware with Scandinavian minimal aesthetics. The range consists of small decorative objects such as vases, bowls, trays and clocks; all of which started off as plain white ceramic in colour. However, over time, each piece will slowly transform by a chemical process called oxidisation, into completely different colours and textures combinations, depending on the type and concentration of metal dusts mixed into each piece. Thanks to this natural process, no two pieces in RUST collection are alike.
Ariane said that she found an inspiration to mix metal dust into plaster by chance when she was experimenting with new ways to work with waste or recycled materials. By mixing steel, brass and copper dusts into plaster mix, Ariane was able to create a variety of oxidised colours ranging from grey, orange, green and blue, with varying intensities depending on the concentration of the metal dust present and time it was exposed to oxidised.
She deliberately kept the form of each piece simple because she wanted to colours and textures to be the hero of the piece, which resulted in beautiful colours, textures and pattern effects that gave RUST a subtle and poetic quality.
My favourite piece from this collection is the circular wall-hung clock with each 12 segment being made from 12 oxidised materials at different stages, highlighting the inextricable relationship the material has with time. The combinations of segments are infinite and they will continue to evolve with time long after the piece is assembled.
I very much like the idea of owning a piece of art or design object that will always be a “work in progress”. Something that will always evolve, adapts and grows with its owner and environment. It is especially intellectually stimulating when a Timepiece possesses this ephemeral ability…
To see a full range of RUST, please visit http://www.prin.in