Dorian Renard

Department: Contextual Design

The Beauty of Distortion

What: ‘The Beauty of Distortion’ is a study on how our prejudices about materials can be altered through subversive use of crafting techniques, resulting in a series of elegant plastic objects.

Why: Today, plastic increasingly has a negative connotation. The material has permeated all uses, and with its ubiquitous proliferation it finally ended up having a disgraceful reputation.
Is it possible to shift perspectives towards a new understanding of what this material could evoke?

How: Blowing and melting plastic as if it were glass makes you see plastic as you see glass. The resulting objects bring about a new notion of beauty, one that is alluringly twisted, warped and bent instead of being industrially dull.

“We never think of a human hand behind most of our plastic objects”

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Copyright: Design Academy Eindhoven
Photographs: Ronald Smits