Within our Art of Design series, Eindhoven-based design duo BCXSY delivers artful abstraction in an intuitive response to craft traditions.
Origins Part III – Contrast is the latest chapter in a series of design projects which has enabled Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto to work closely with skilled craftspeople to develop collections based on their techniques.
The Origins Part III – Contrast project was commissioned through an Artist in Residence scheme run by the Sirius Arts Centre in County Cork, Ireland. It was here that BCXSY worked in collaboration with Meitheal Mara, a local maritime heritage and education centre. A key aim of Meitheal Mara’s work is to preserve the craftsmanship of traditional Irish boat building.
Building or redesigning a boat was never our intention for this collaboration. Our goal was rather to employ the naturalness, efficiency and functionality of Meitheal Mara traditional working methods and distil various elements involved in the boat-building process in order to create new objects that are aesthetically far away from what Meitheal Mara does in their day-to-day work, yet always remaining focused on maintaining the link to their inspirational-origin.
Key inspiration came from the steam-bending, joinery methods and clamps that the pair observed at the boat yard. Traditional boat-building is all about skilfully working with materials to achieve maximum function from a highly streamlined and minimal form. Accordingly, the Origin Part III – Contrast collection eloquently conveys both the craft ethos of ‘truth to materials’ and the modernist design mantra of ‘form follows function’.
Minimalist shapes interlock to form side-tables and stools that can easily be disassembled for transport and storage. The simplicity of a Sycamore wood serving tray belies its complex joinery, which on closer viewing is beautifully framed and displayed within its painted frame. Freshly-cut Ash wood is exquisitely folded to form a sleek vessel – its white edge alluding to the painted water line of a boat.
Overall, the collection has a visual purity which perfectly combines craft tradition with modernist art and design aesthetics.
About the Origin design series
Origin Part I – Join resulted in the creation of three space-dividers made using Tategu, with the help of Japanese joinery craftsmen. This was followed by Origin Part II – Balanceand the production of rungs crafted within the set boundaries of a Bedouin weaving tradition practised by women in Lakiya, Israel.rigin design series
This latest chapter, Origin III – Contrast, has been presented at international galleries and design shows including Salone de Mobile in Italy and the Venice Architecture Bienniel. To explore the full story of the Origins Part III – Contrast project, click here.
BCXSY is a creative co-operation between Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto, a design duo based in Eindhoven. Since graduating from the Design Academy Eindhoven they have worked as multi-disciplinary designers both independently and in collaboration.
BCXSY is making its mark on the design world and their work now be found in influential exhibitions and exhibitions internationally.
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Contrast Fruit Bowls
Handmade from sustainable locally-sourced Ash wood, steamed, bent and fixed with copper nails.
Dimensions: Small 40x26cm & Large 50x26cm
Finish: Six finishes available
Products images by Rory O’Toole
Process images by BCXSY
- On 30th September 2012