Originally from Austria, recently graduated at Eindhoven Design Academy and now living in the Netherlands. We are introducing designer Martina Lasinger and we are going to discover her way to design, that is indissolubly tied to playing with different materials, un-defining conventional ways of getting to a finished product.
Martina is a designer who usually realizes all by herself, curating the products ideation as well as their manufacturing process. Although her young age, she acquired a deep knowledge of different materials: “I reached a moment during my training in which even a plane piece of wood became a playground of experimentation.” And wood is still one of her two favourite materials together with metal. One of her best known creations, W-Wovet, was in fact made weaving wood in a sinuous pattern. Half wardrobe and half shelf, W-Wovet is a 100% wove structure with a high grade of stability, granted from the material tension and the perfect located connection points. Tension is the “strength-creating element”, and it reinterprets the classical weaving technique. Instead of applying a weaving on a basic construction, the weaving itself became the structure.
Behind this particular piece of furniture there was a studio about light and the perception of it. As she said during the interview, “as you walk by the shelf it seems to vibrate through and intriguing moiré effect.” Since the first edition of W-Wovet was really appreciated, she investigated several different shapes and scales realizing a new version of it: WOVET_02. Possibilities are almost endless! One of the main differences with the first version is the use of a new material called “Bendywood“, that allowed to Martina to create the organic parts of the prototype, while standard steamed beech wood granted the stability of the whole furniture’s structure. Her intense interest in geometrics, design and applied arts – started through previous educations like a science and mathematics focused gymnasium and a college for design – comes out from all those creations. Moreover, Martina’s training allowed her to analyze the domestic use of objects, experimenting and manipulating a lot of different materials. That is one of the reason why she is able to give life to very different products such as wallcoverings and jewelry. As for wallcoverings, she created a very special one using small cuts of waste material, waving and sewing them in a proper pattern. “Within a school assignment and collaboration with the vinyl/wallcovering company Vescom, I used leftover pieces and vinyl waste material giving them a second life.”
The aim of the design was a stone-like appearance and the final result is pretty realistic. Isn’t it? Jewelry is instead her most recent passion. “IJ_Industrial Jewellery is my latest project and is inspired and produced by industrial machine parts. The industrial Jewels are worn for personal adornment of the body. They enhance the physical appearance of delicate body parts thanks to a multitude of industrial artefacts.” Also in making jewelry, Martina was very focused on recycling scraps in order to give them a second chance. Small scratches and imperfections show the previous life of those materials. The jewels are high-polished and gold plated in order to keep a perfect un-oxidized polished surface. Martina has a strong identity as a designer and a very determined character. “I am trying to redefine the boundaries of architecture, objects and atmospheres. I believe there is a high quality in creating that can catch the viewer’s senses. I see architecture, visual arts, design and philosophy as unity in order to create sustainable techniques and ways of thinking for the future. Furthermore I am aiming for perfection in form, visualizing philosophies and craftsmanship in a tactile way, while being a source of inspiration for others. As a creative I have the freedom to choose from all kinds of genres. As a designer you can work with food, textiles smell, with basically anything. Even a poet is a designer of words. Telling stories, finding new challenges, creating experiences.” There was no better way to conclude this article than quoting Martina. If we tickled your curiosity, remember that Martina is going to take part in the next edition of the Dutch Design Week.