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  • Catalogue Essay

    Study O Portable is a designing practice for accessories and other portable objects based in London, founded by Bernadette Deddens (the Netherlands) and Tetsuo Mukai (Japan) in April 2009. Their work evolves around the idea of portability and question of functionality in objects. They take great interest in the methods of designing just as much as the resulting work and often choose a simple but considered production process and material. Deddens and Mukai met while studying at ArtEz in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Bernadette graduated from Design Products Royal College of Art in 2006 and has since worked as an independent accessories designer and consultant. She is a visiting lecturer at London College of Fashion. She looks for practical emotional functions in objects that we carry around. Tetsuo has a background in fashion design and worked in London and Paris. He investigates alternative ways to design objects.
    Baum is a stack of bangles made by layering coloured ceramic resin onto a rotating spit. The process, that takes hours of labour to complete, resembles the way Baumkuchen (the German Tree Cake) is made and creates a tree like structure. The trunk made from the process is then cut into slices and polished to become bangles. All the trunks are unique in colour and size, and each bangle has varying thickness. The bangles are cross sections of the trunk that expose the intricate pattern of growth developed during the making. This is a part of an ongoing experiment in defining the function of an object with a void. With Baum, the object function is defined by the size of the core.

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Baum

2010
Ceramic resin, pigment
One-offs

SHOP

7 March
New York