Jens Praet, ‘Prototype 'Dressed Ware' bowl’, Sebastian + Barquet

Prototype for the edition of 12 + 2AP + 2P.

Dressed Ware is inspired by the eponymous furniture series. Leftover and discarded fabric has been immortalized into a functional art object. To this end, geometric cuts from scrap fabric have been dipped in hot wax and shaped by hand over existing home ware items functioning as rigid support. The hardened wax structures are then cast in bronze and patinated in an oxidized blue patina. The resulting pieces retain the texture of the fabric and, like fabric, changes slightly in color as it ages. Each dressed ware piece is unique.

Series: Dressed Ware

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