Selecting the good examples in Design and Architecture is our primary task. Often 120 pages 4 times a year are not enough to share everything that gets our attention. In this detective spirit, we present you #MDmeets – special video series of #OutOfPrint meetings with some talented, successful, curious and recognizable artists, who we provoked into a Summer blitz capturing their style, thinking and creative intensity.
MD meets… MARINA DRAGOMIROWA from Studio Furthermore
The Beginning: the Design Products course during their masters studies at the Royal College of Art.
Тhe Meeting: layered mix between
- craft technique and industrial logic
- new kinds of material and cultural realities
- continuous exploration of scientific opportunities and natural processes
- a Bulgarian woman, Marina Dragomirova, and an Englishman, Ian Haulit
The result: In 2015, Studio Furthermore was born
We introduced this creative duo for the first time in MD 3/16 pages. We noticed them among the London Design Festival participants and…we admit it was with a slight satisfaction, finding about the Bulgarian trail in the curious name Furthermore. Then they quickly attracted the international attention with the successful presentation of the Tektites ceramic collection. It is the result of a series of experiments with an unusual material – ceramic foam. A similar material is used by NASA for insulating space ships, but the two designers use parian for their works, which is a type of bisque porcelain. They impregnate with parian forms from synthetic foam and fire them at 1200°C. The foam burns up and parian melts and fills in the cracks left by the foam. This is how Tektites are created, the material is warm, hard and resembles stone, but actually it is very light – almost weightless.
To tell us more about the collection, its development and other projects of the studio, we found Marina during the Plovdiv edition of MELBA (a series of design events presenting successful artists and inspiring creative stories).
She shared how Tektites pots were spotted by the famous German brand – Pulpo, which later developed a neolit design series based on the already familiar process. After a long time of working with ceramics, the studio is starting to look for another technological process that meets the requirements for creating bigger products such as furniture.
The goal was to use the sponge again to sculpt it and get a new material. So the search ended with a whole collection of chairs, tables and lightings MOON ROCK made of aluminum The inspiration comes from the moon, and the resulting texture is so similar to well-known crater surface that the audience of the event hardly managed to distinguish parts of a real meteor from MOON ROCK. Every piece of furniture has an absolutely individual and unique shape, making it even more valuable. “We’re projecting ourselves maybe five or 10 years into the future when it becomes possible to source material from the moon and from other places,” studio co-founder Iain Howlett told Dezeen. “We’re imagining how designers will start to work with these new materials.”
They further enrich their portfolio by presenting their projects in a number of museums, design exhibitions and galleries in Europe.
We thank Marina for the sincere answers and wish the duo an inspiration in cosmic proportions!
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Photos: Studio Furthermore