The project is founded on the obscure significance of the mineral Feldspar. Making up 60% of the earth’s crust, Feldspar is a key ingredient in many of our most familiar objects within the domestic environment. From The Ground Up is a simple dining set for two that stacks together to form a totem, each item an example of an everyday material made from Feldspar. As a symbol of unity, the totem creates interrelations through the set which, when constructed, stands upon its common origin the stone itself.
With technological developments, urbanization and increased consumerism, among other factors, people have grown disconnected from where and how their material resources are originated. Rocks and their minerals provide an example: Once used in the most literal sense, providing housing and tools such as weapons and wheels as well as canvas for art they fulfilled many of our needs. Advances were gradually made by blending, grinding or treating the raw materials in multiple ways to maximize their qualities, resulting in an ever increasing removal from the base material/source of the components, and most recently a removal of the general public from the manufacturing processes. Rocks hold a compelling power. Coming from Iceland, a country with little vegetation and the natural environment mainly consisting of rocks which we have a strong spiritual relationship with, a curiosity arouse to find this power within our domestic environment.
The notion that within the consumer landscape, we are becoming more aware of the origin of our food and what it has taken for it to get to our local supermarket, as well as the fact that feldspar is very appropriate for tableware, formed the decision behind making a dining set. To be aware of what you are eating your food on is an equally fascinating story, to understand the transformation of the material from its natural state until it sits at your table.
The project gives a nod to the rich history we have with this material and our reliance on it, to highlight it’s not so commonly known importance and to revive our former respect for it.