The main concept of the collection is dematerialization. It represents the study of different material and style in close contact with each other, refined artisan woodworking contrasted with easy, simple and cheap material. I tried to form the clash of characteristics in one product, creating vivid contrast that questions the controversies: elaborated or easy, recycled or wasted, effortless or intricate. While elaborated traditional craftsmanship could be appealing for some people, products created by recycled, easily constructed and cheap materials could serve for the same exact function and purpose.
I wanted to investigate the psychological process that every single person goes through during our everyday lives; the endless process of choosing from the array of choices, which is often stimulated by the unclear vision of wanting vs. needing, do we need the endless universe of various common objects, or do we just crave them?
The one side of the coffee tables 'Dema' is more complex, requiring intricate process of manual elaboration on a beautiful but not so cheap material- natural wood, while the other side of the table uses the economical material- particle board, which is most commonly used for hidden, beneath construction and rarely shows its true face on the end product. Usually, if the particle board is used for the construction of an object, it is covered by the veneer in order to stimulate the look of solid wood.
The 'Ebb' pendants also represents the willingness to eliminate, to minimize the loss of the material, while maintaining the shape and size of the created product. It is the mix of two different ways of creating the same shape within one object; solid and outline. Another version of 'Ebb' pendant is made of molded plaster mixed with sawdust.
'Electrolier' chandelier creates the vivid contrast in itself, questioning if we need the intricate design, or the simple and basic -which serves for the same exact purpose could be better?
'Kartuli' is a printed rug using old Georgian ornament
Handmade terracotta 'Shandali' candle holders
photos by Ani Svanidze ©