Future 50: Jólan van der Wiel 01.08.13

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Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel came to international attention last year with the launch of his Gravity Stool, which was nominated as a Design of the Year 2013 by London's Design Museum. He produced the stool using the Gravity Machine, a contraption that uses magnetic forces to create objects characterised by unpredictable organic shapes. "I try to find design techniques that are not my own design," he says. "This is the reason I work with natural forces and collaborate with them. These forces show me a totally different world than I could think of." Following the success of the Gravity Stool, Van Der Wiel applied his technique to candelabras, bowls and side tables. He is furthering his interest in the application of natural forces in design through research into a dress constructed using magnetism, a technique to make three dimensional objects from shadows and the use of G-force as a production method.


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