Deeply Superficial Objects
DESIGN BY FRÉDÉRIC DEDELLEY
They are gleaming in metallic colors: the „Deeply Superficial Objects“ by Frédéric Dedelley are at times transparent, at times opaque. The project is comprised of 15 forms, each of which is produced in an edition of five copies. The faceted objects unite crafts and industry. “I find it compelling to create a unicum out of an industrially machinable form", says Frédéric Dedelley.
The designer’s objects changing between sculpture and design were exhibited in Zurich for the first time in 2007 and 2008 during the Art Basel at Marc Stutzers Domizil.
The polystyrene objects were first 3D drawn on a computer, then CNC hot-wire cut in an industrial manufacturing process. Then the designer covered them with a cold glaze. For this he applied a colorless two-component resin normally used in jewelry design and colored it with pigments. The pasty resin was applied in two layers: first with a brush on the whole object, then the resin was poured over the surface. The polystyrene surface always shines through and along the sides the glaze flows irregularly, thus creating an ornament over which the designer has only limited control. “With the flowing glaze and the choice of color I was inspired by Japanese ceramics”, says Dedelley, who is fascinated by Japan. Hence, the crystalline objects present themselves in the shades of blue and green typical of traditional Asian vases and bowls.
Frédéric Dedelley established 1995 his design studio in Zurich and is since 2010 head of the objectdesign department of the Lucerne University of Applied Scienes and Arts, School of art and design. His work is always characterized by a functional aesthetic and a great love of detail. Dedelley’s works explore the borderland between art and design.
Deeply Superficial Objects”, the limited edition, is exclusively available with Franziska Kessler.