TREND: Totems, essential form and mystical protection
Totems. In 2018, these strange forms devoted to the field of action of the ritual evolve in a safe way towards objects that are an integral part of our daily lives. Find out how designers take this trend and re-introduce totems into our lives...
A totem is an emblem, an animal, plant or abstract representation of a living or mystical being venerated. In terms of design, the totems allow us to convey some idea of respect for the material Used, from the putting forward of a material for these aesthetic, visual but also structural benefits.
The artist CARLA CASCALES ALIMBAU Creates and refines sculptures that seem to be derived from the fruit and natural shaping of nature. To a close detail that it adds to the beauty of the material even a complex form which can only be identified as the action of Man: a circle, a sphere, as the symbol of a sacred force.
Lately presented on the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, the series Useful/Useless by NICHOLAS HAMILTON HOLMES explores the creation of an object for the beauty of the gesture and the human contact with the matter, rather than advocating the function above all. The volumes are associated in order to find the most minimal composition, causing the maximum of feeling. The totems Of the artist explore a natural and desired chaos, in strong opposition to the fashion of industrial manufacture.
Totems are also objects that can mutate into furniture. Represented by essential and elementary forms, this object under which the modern design appears, may then be compared as wanting to attract luck, good vibes in an interior and thus happiness.
ESTUDIO PERSONA Creates collections with unique shapes that only claim their inheritance. In other words, these totems Contemporaries have neither ancestors, nor past, they are timeless and are the emblems that remind us that design is fundamentally in constant evolution.
The Berea series by HANK BEYER and ALEX SIZEMORE, plays on the balance of the opposites. In fact, it is from raw silica falls, i.e. rejected parts, that they create on the contrary an object that arouses mystery and interest in its smooth appearance, and the real desire to come into contact with the object. It's a totem which is reborn from its ashes, a waste transformed into desire.
DECORATIVE AND VIRTUAL TOTEMS
The totems are also entities to which there is a quasi-religious respect, a sacred element. They are the light in the night, the pillar of the dark days as a real sign and rallying place in order to comfort the troops.
The designer KATIA TOLSTYKH has recently created the vase series Meme, whose inspiration comes from brutalist sculptures and urban furniture. Among this melting pot of shapes, we see the emergence of totems Which each part finds its balance through the other. Rather than fighting, each element that composes the vase becomes a marker and a support zone for another, as a true lesson of tolerance.
Finally, it is in a world at once chaotic and serene that the studio SIX N. FIVE gave birth to the series of virtual images Co-Existe, where the hyper-materiality of the totems presented – Metal, earth, mirror or ceramic – Opposed to a peaceful and immaculate nature. Are the objects here represented the disturbing elements, or a kind of place of worship, to the great contrary reassuring and allowing to gather?
And you, what other properties do you think these objects can have on our mind and therefore our daily lives?
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