The small dark, gothic side of my personality is fizzing at the aesthetics of this work. Architecture Meets Magnetism is Jólan van deer Wiel’s latest experimentation with gravity and futurism. New to me, the Dutch designer is famed for his use of iron fillings as objects. Previously he has created stools, candlesticks and tables from hardening iron that has been formed by the pull of magnets (you can watch a demonstration by Wiel here). In this project, Wiel combines the magnetic forces of iron with clay, developing a special formula which he calls ‘Dragonstone’. Allowing the clay to act naturally with the magnetic pull, these beautiful pyramids are created. Inspired by Gaudi and the architects use of gravity to calculate the final shape of the La Sagrada Familia, Wiel wondered what it would be like to be able to create with no gravitational pull at all.
I loved watching the film and seeing the oozing clay lift and float with a life of it’s own, with the only designer dictation being the base shape of the object. After discovering how clay could be shaped by magnetism, Wiel is now investigating applications for architectural builds. Imagine constructing concrete with this method! How wonderful would those buildings be.
It’s a fantastic idea this, architecture and design shaped by gravity; nature’s laws literally dictating our aesthetics. And what a great job she does. It’s part fantasy, part gothic, and part futurism.
Take a look at Jólan van deer Wiel’s work here, including his magnetic clothing for Iris van Herpen. And if you’re enjoying the ceramics vibe, then check out Christina Schou Christensen who uses similar ideas in her work.