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Throughout history, people have taken creative license in finding and using raw materials in his or her environment. Early civilizations have used seashells for barter and adornment and relied on pigments from plants and insects to color textiles and paint on walls. In the twentieth century, plastics have been added to the list of available …

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This piece by Deger Cengiz explores the direct relationship of a watering can and a potted plant. He physically connects the two to examine their relationship with one another.

The angle of the water pouring into the pot is relationally reflected in the angle which the plant consequently grows when the watering can is not in use. The dependency of the pot on the watering can and how the plant grows as a result of that is communicated through the respective tile of the piece, ‘Selfish & Devoted.’

I found this design to be really meaningful in how we use watering cans in addition to a sort of vital relationship shared between a watering can and a potted plant and how they really effect and depend each other to function and survive.

Rip + Tatter Kid's Chair by Pete Oyler

Designer Pete Olyer ‘s chair is sculpted out of industrial cardboard. It will eventually wear down over time, but since it is 100% recyclable you can take it out with the recycling trash.

Rubber Bookshelf for The Sculpture House, silicone and steel, 2011 by Luke Hart

Shelves, in part, are meant for organizing. But don’t you ever just casually throw, pile, and stack you books your bookshelf?

This Rubber Bookcase designed by Luke Hart makes one very much aware of how and where to display books on a shelf. The rubber material gives and bows with the weight of a book. Because there are no side walls, you must have a tall book that stretches past between the layers of rubber to create tension and stability in order to put shorter book. In addition, the shelves mold and transform in shape with certain book which causes you to consider the best possible areas to place other books on neighboring shelves.

Tomer Matityahu is both a graduate of jewelry design and product design. He is inspired by shapes and forms in nature and uses his product background in the construction and design of his work.

I was drawn to this ring piece because of the manner the jewel is set into the structure of the ring itself. It can probably slide up and down the slit too. It’s just really a refreshing take on the ring.

“Jewellery without any element of kitch and a classical function.”

The above quote really sums up the essence of artist Gerd Rothmann’s work. There is a paradoxical element which takes you aback upon viewing his work.

Influenced by the Bauhaus philosophy of kinetics and human experience, Gerd Rothman developed what is considered his “most convincing work in an unconventional dialogue with the human body.” He introduced body casts into the arena of artistic jewellery by concentrating on forms of reflection and contact with personal associations. His work really allowed people to interpret traditional forms of jewellery.

Rothmann defamiliarizes things we take for granted so that then we can come to new realizations. Evidenced in his work, he has an uncanny ability to give time-worn forms totally new meanings.

There are so many more works I wanted to post and share. The book I resourced my information from includes explanations of the work by the Rothmann himself, as well as owners and critics of his works. In this blog, I tried to post the ones what would garner the most immediate responses, though I encourage you to read for yourself the deeper explanations for these pieces.

If you are interested, check out the book Gerd Rothman by Schmuck Jewelry at the Otis Library under the call number  NK7398 R67 A4 2002.

Schmuck Jewelry. Gerd Rothmann. Ostfildern-Ruit : Hatje Cantz, 2002.Print.