Finnish designer Tuomas Tolvanen has created a series of objects titled Engineering Temporality as his graduation project from the MA Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven. Seemingly fragile and transparent, Tolvanen's cabinet and chairs result from a violent physical transformation process — fire — which seeks to generate a metaphysical bond between the object and memory.
"My pursuit was to give an object a memory, create tension and stage a play between the perfect, anonymous mass produced structural material and the imperfect of human being," says Tolvanen. "The shell that is left caresses the vanished object, the memory of it, referring to the past."
"The selection of the material for my final objects was done according to what I regard as being an common structural material in furniture industry; tubular steel," continues the designer. "I manipulated the tubular steel by cutting it into small rings. Connecting the rings back together to form a semi covering layer over an existing object was a method of capturing the physical space the object occupied."
The original object is then destroyed by way of fire, leaving a shell which, according to Tolvanen, "caresses the vanished object, the memory of it, referring to the past. This has been my aspiration — make design a metaphysical experience that overlooks functionality."
The Engineering Temporality series is on display through 28 October at the Design Academy Eindhoven 2012 graduation show, as part of the program of Dutch Design Week, in Eindhoven.