Tableware collection produced for 1882 Ltd
Published on June 12, 2015
Slip-cast from plaster models, the collection maximises Malouin’s beautifully minimalistic patterns of sand that were created through the analogue 3D printer of his own making.
LS:N Global visited the studio of designer Philippe Malouin for an insight into the creation process behind the Dunes collection of tableware he produced for 1882 Ltd’s exhibition during the London Design Festival.
Over 18 months he has been designing a bone china series for small, family-run company 1882, which is reviving bone china in Britain.
‘I think the process is always much more interesting than the product itself. Adapting materials and transformation techniques that are not meant to be used in certain applications.’ Malouin tells LS:N Global.
Fascinated by the beauty of the mundane, Malouin was inspired by the grace and movement of grains of sand flowing in an hourglass to demonstrate the passing of time. After experimenting with an adapted record player he has re-created this motion using a lo-fi machine that slowly deposits sugar grains in a circular motion to build high dunes of grain on a rotating plate. After the gentle process of depositing grains to the required diameter and height for the plate size, a silicone mixture is poured over the sugar dunes. When set, this forms an inverted mould, which is then finally cast in plaster, and slipcast with bone china by 1882.
Filmmaker: James Maiki
Journalist: Hannah Robinson