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Object Density

Object Density

University of Technology Sydney

Object Density is a design studio established by Nicola Charlesworth and Kim Stanek. Founded in Eindhoven (NL) in 2019 they create artistic objects of use, drawing upon research and cultural narrative to communicate values of sustainability and community. Often integrating waste materials, they seek to reinstate value through conscious process and material decontextualisation.

Proportions of Space

Proportions of Space is a collection of ceramic tables that explores our relationship to the different landscapes within the Netherlands. Through an analysis of selected locations determining – forms, relationships, patterns, textures, dimensions and experience, this collection seeks to capture the intangible feelings that a space evokes. Reflecting upon the pervasive tension between the built and natural environment, we see clusters of offset planes – flat volumes that extend on different axes as one moves from space to space. This seemingly modular organisation of space is shared between the natural and the built landscape, expressed through the assembled forms that create this collection. The glazes developed for this collection make use of ‘Glass fines’, a waste by-product of the glass recycling instustry identified by Dr. Stefan Lie of UTS. Small pieces of clear and coloured glass that cannot be sorted or effectively recycled are combined and crushed, and deemed impure and unpredictable to mass manufacturers. We have displaced the virgin glass typically found in ceramic glazes with Glass fines in an effort to give value back to this material and show its potential for further use. A colour palette was developed to reflect the landscapes that resonated though our process, while the grain and variation of the waste material brings a natural texture to the pieces. 

“When a person attempts to determine his relationship to a space, he attempts to understand that which is outside his own body, he attempts to understand existence beyond the material” — Ai Weiwei

Proportions of Space