As young designer from Amsterdam the Netherlands, I just came with a new collection of candleholders from an earlier collection, which was more focussed on the artistic way of designing. We now, took the same technique and reused it to make the product better produceable, which makes the product more payable for the customer. We presented them at the last weekend of October at the Interior fair; Interieur Biennale Kortrijk in Kortrijk, Belgium.
In this email you will find a small information text about the candleholder. I also have added some images. If you want more information or other/more images, do not hesitate to contact me.
Pascal Smelik / Kaarsrecht (NL) _____ In the project “ Kaarsrecht, t Pascal Smelik use a design process in which “chance” and uncontrolled design plays a major role. Liquid wax and water are the ingredients. The liquid wax is injectcted in different ways into the cold water By “drawing ‘the material is forming off. These organic forms are the basis of the wax model. From these wax models gets plaster molds realized. Smelik’s “Kaarsrecht” designs range from stools, glasses and candle holders. Smelik can influence the proces, but a large part of the moddeling process occurs coincidentally.
(Check creating kaarsrecht at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmAGFlXpz60)
The Kaarsrecht Candleholders 2012 are for sale from around 14cm high for around € 135,- and the largest around 26 cm high for around € 195,- in aluminium . The candleholders are available in bronze and aluminium, , depending on what the client wants. Every candleholder is unique and handmade.
Pascal Smelik (1983, Oegstgeest, NL) graduated in 2009 at The School of the Arts with two designs, comprised of a series of candlewax based products, popularly known as the ‘Kaarsrecht’ series. His works were nominated for the ‘Piet Bakker Award’ and the ‘Talent 2009 Design Awards’. This led to starting his own studio in Amsterdam.
Smelik’s attitude towards design encourages new and refreshing ideas. He is a real explorer of shapes and materials, mostly by using an “unknow factor” in his production methods. This will make every single piece of his work a unique one. In his work he is looking and exploring for all new kinds of materials in the field of design, which he then translates in products we known today. By taking on the challenge of the experiment, which also includes the risks and “mistakes”, his process always stays intriguing and dynamic.
Smelik’s work has been presented in several galleries, International Design fairs and exhibitions in China, Germany, Turkey, Italy and the Netherlands. Studio Pascal Smelik, founded in 2009 in Amsterdam, has their own collection in applied arts and product design. They also design and produce under commission.