The career of Dutch designer Sebastiaan Straatsma took flight when he graduated at the prestigious Design Academy in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Almost immediately his work was selected for an international exhibition at the San Francisco MOMA. The interest of both public and critics expanded soon to Paris, Milan, Tokyo and of course, his home country.
His work is known for the use of emotional experiences and disruption of the relationship between form and function. The portable stone is an example of adding function to form. His most recent work, a series of monumental filigree vases with the almost cynical title Dustcollectors, shows how form can subvert function. In Straatsma’s designs beauty, aesthetics and our affective relationship to the object are the pivotal criteria to experience the work.
A paradox between form and function by Eva Olde Monnikhof
The Dustcollectors are inspired by objects and shapes which fundamentally have a dual usage; function and decoration. When the function disappears it becomes a non-product taking space. Just like the classical vases normally seen on antique cupboards and mantelpieces. They function as vases but are rarely used that way. They are status symbols of the past and used as decoration.
The handmade pieces are created with mixed and hand colored resin. The resin is drawn and splattered onto custom-made moulds and shapes. When the resin has dried and the mould is removed, the Dustcatcher exists as a free-standing resin form. In this way, the resin becomes both decoration and construction material.
The Dustcollectors are the result of an expressive momentum where colour, texture and image come together. Some pieces are based on a prepared working collages, others are the result of an instant expression. This makes every Dustcollector unique and a one-off work.
- On 28th January 2012