On the occasion of this year’s RCA final show Dutch designer Els Woldhek presented her highly poetic graduation project ‘Naturally False’. The series of furniture and lamps consist of a light structure of veneered wooden sticks and surfaces which are connected through a copper plating technique. This process which is based on the electrolysis of copper sulphate acid solution, lets the copper grow in an unpredictable shape around and through the wood.
Here is what the designer says:
“Naturally False revolves around finding a balance between design, material and process. Developing a process in which the nature of the material and technique takes control. It is an exploration of copperplating and veneer. Two materials normally found as surface finishes, used for their decorative value. Here they come together, released from their usual constraints they create tension between them as well as collaborating as one. Creating structure and support in their own unpredictable ways.”