Dirk Vander Kooij

iced bubbles and oak | cabinet

The iced bubbles and oak cabinet is energized by dichotomy. Projecting fragility and flux, a foamy outer shell is extruded from reclaimed synthetics. Solid wood shelving grounds the form with a countering hardness: unyielding, natural, and masculine.

As the wood appears to sink into its frothy casing, the plastic reveals impressive strength. Much like the struts and trusses of a bird’s hollow bones, the bubble pattern simultaneously lightens and reinforces the design.

The suspended tension is soothed by material singularity. Wood is showcased plainly and honestly. Plastic, twinkling in a glasslike illusion, reveals itself through the veins of 3D printing. Its unlikely source materials include CDs, rooftop windows, and chocolate molds.

The iced bubbles and oak unit displays synthetics and wood on a shared platform. In doing so, Dirk Vander Kooij honors the opposing materials equally.The embrace sees knots in wood echo pulsating printed strata: both are textures of growth.

Capable of starry light refraction, the iced bubbles and oak cabinet functions as an unobtrusive, versatile room divider.

lead time: approx. 12 weeks

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designer: Dirk Vander Kooij
year: 2017

oak | reclaimed synthetic shells.

150 x 45 x 150cm (wxdxh)

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