In “Re-Imagining the Workshop: Design w/ Conscience,” Los Angeles-based curatorial design firm Artecnica brings their award-winning Design w/ Conscience home design line to VIVID gallery in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In creating Design w/ Conscience, Artecnica strives to reintroduce traditional craft into the high design landscape. Especially for this show limited edition versions of the Design w/ Conscience products were created. Each unique piece in the collection is a collaborative effort art directed by Artecnica, conceptualized by renowned international designers, and handcrafted by artisan communities across the globe.
Above and below you can see some of the products that were on display. Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden’s tranSglass (image above) has become one of Artecnica’s most critically acclaimed products. A part of MoMA New York’s permanent collection, tranSglass is a series of sleek vases, candle holders, carafes, and tumblers crafted from recycled bottles.
The top image shows Fernando & Humberto Campana’s TransNeomatic, which is a conceptually innovative container crafted from a re-purposed scooter tire and natural wicker. TransNeomatic comes with an optional handwoven hemp cover that slips over its rubber base; each piece is packaged in a reusable drawstring bag. Handcrafted by skilled artisans from rural Vietnam, TransNeomatic was created by Hai Tai rattan weavers and Hmong women weavers.
Come Rain Come Shine is Tord Bootje’s lyrical reinvention of the traditional chandelier. The piece is a whimsical melee of crocheted cotton, organza, and silk flowers gracefully surrounding a solid metal base. An enchanting light piece that lends an air of playful elegance to any space, Come Rain Come Shine is handcrafted in the heart of Rio de Janeiro by the skilled artisans of the Coopa-Roca women’s collective. These talented women earn a living in their own homes, turning high design concepts into works of art as they tend to their children and household responsibilities. Visit Artenica’s website for more information on the above mentioned products, or to see their entire collection.