Dutch studio Tjep has designed a series of sculpted bronze furniture that captures the undulating fluidity of molten metal as it hardens.
Titled Bronze Age, the collection explores the intensive manual craftsmanship of an ancient material to counteract the increasingly polished aesthetic of 3D printing. The range embraces traditional techniques, which also give the furniture a tactile, but sophisticated quality.
Bronze Age draws from our Materials Focus 2015-16 concepts Precious Craft and Monument as it looks towards our evolving perceptions of luxury and a new appreciation of rare materials to bestow notions of authenticity.
“For this project, I wanted to create something totally opposite to the technology-driven trends based on the emergence of new digital tools such as 3D printing,” says designer Frank Tjepkema. “I like the idea that bronze is precious and is therefore implicitly sustainable; it is either preserved or re-melted, but never discarded.”
For further inspiration on the future aesthetics of metals, see our report New Metallics.