Prototype for the edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P.
Leftover and discarded fabric has been immortalized into a functional art object. To this end, triangular-shaped fabric is dipped in hot wax, sculpted by hand and draped over a rigid under-structure and cast in bronze. The bronze dress, oxidized in a blue patina, is placed over a geometrical, brushed brass under-structure, allowing each piece to serve as fully functional furniture.In order to preserve the tactile feeling of the fabric, nearly all of the work is done by hand. The bronze patina and brushed brass surface may slightly vary in color over time, a characteristic that is distinct to the aging process of these archaic materials. Each Dressed piece is unique.
About Jens Praet
Designer Jens Praet elevates humble materials into works of art and transforms trash into usable objects. After graduating from the master’s program at Design Academy Eindhoven in 2007, he established his studio in Italy’s Chianti region. Praet broke onto the scene at 2008’s Salone del Mobile with One Day Paper Waste, a table made of shredded magazines in collaboration with Droog Design; since then he has created additional pieces for the shredded collection in collaboration with ELLE Decor and Fast Company magazines. With a conceptual, avant-garde approach combined with traditional techniques, he has created high-end furniture from chipboard and made tables that reference the melting Arctic icecaps.
Belgian, b. 1984