Four Royal College of Art alumni presented work at Soft Edges during Dutch Design Week. The four promising creatives work on diverse projects, but are brought together through their imaginative approach to using materials and experimental methodology.
The action of stacking, rolling, laying and bundling objects was the source of inspiration behind Catherine Aitken’s seating collection. ‘Bundle’ consists of a set of stools and a bench made from soft felt and wooden dowels. The seating can be easily arranged and manipulated meaning that they can be taken just about anywhere.
Eva Malschaert displayed her playful ‘Pleated’ curtain, an oversized pleat which acts as a comfortable hanging chair. Created with just four simple stitched lines, the curtain can be pulled around the person sitting within, offering them comfort, silence and solitude.
Hannah Sabapathy showed her series of complex and beautifully patterned tables which drew inspiration from naturally occuring patterns, questioning why we have such a strong ‘emotional attachment’ to certain materials and why so many designers and makers strive to imitate them. Each table can be placed on any of its numerous sides, revealing the different patterns Hannah has applied to the surfaces.
Finally, Pia Wüstenberg showed her collection of ‘Stacking Vessels’ made from turned wood wood, ceramics and blown glass. The three separate compartments can be stacked one on top of the other to create a vase or used individually.