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Boontje, Tord, 2013, Art or design object, Magnetic Fields

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Boontje’s most recent work demonstrates a new method of pattern-making based on research in materials and manufacturing processes. Magnetic fields are used to orientate pigment particles in patterns within a resin layer. A shallow three-dimensional effect is produced that evokes natural or mechanical forms and processes, controlled by the deployment of electromagnetic currents. When the resin solidifies, with the pigments permanently held in position, it can be used as a durable material or cladding.
The effects of magnets on metal particles have been known since classical times, and the effects of electric currents on magnetic fields since the early nineteenth century. Nowadays the patterning properties of magnetised particles are more associated with children’s science lessons than with sophisticated design, but over a period of three years Boontje has developed a range of techniques for using electromagnets and electrified meshes of copper wire to achieve considerable control over such magnetic fields, rendering them visible using the metallised pigment particles. Both the research method and the visual outcome are original, especially the depth effects within the resin. There are many potential design applications in graphics, architectural materials and furniture, several of which were illustrated by exhibits in the exhibition held at Studio Tord Boontje as part of London Design Festival 2013 (continuing 12 September 2013 to 10 January 2014).
The research process involved extensive testing, consultation with specialist engineers, sampling, building arrays and electric circuits. The experimental process has been documented photographically and textually.
The work was discussed in illustrated features in Design Week 2 September 2013, Dezeen 17 September 2013, Disegno 21 October 2013, as part of an article in the Financial Times 27 September 2013, and in design blogs internationally.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts
School or Centre: School of Design
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2013 14:46
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2014 12:11
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1506

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