Since 2012 Danish architect Anne Dorthe Vester and designer Maria Bruun has collaborated in creating objects in the cross-section between architecture, design, and art.
Their working process typically takes its point of departure in form, aesthetics, and materials in a creative space that is not constrained by functional concerns. In most cases, form precedes function in their work, and they often stop the process before moving into the functional realm or at a point where function has only a minimal presence. Later, these purely experimental projects may give rise to other projects with a more functional agenda.
Heavy Stack is an experimental series of objects that explores the potentials of form, materials, and aesthetics.
The objects are made of hollow extruded ceramic rings stacked on top of each other, almost like bricks, around a load-bearing oak construction. The main structural inspiration came from architectural principles and structures, while the materials and the finish point more to furniture making and crafts. Thus, the function is not the goal here but instead served as a source of inspiration for form, construction, and materials.
The production process combines elements from industrial production and crafts: The ceramic rings were made on a brickworks extrusion machine fitted with a special nozzle, while the resulting tubes were shaped into circular or oval rings by hand. The series is part of the duo’s ongoing exploration of the potentials of ceramic elements as a structural component in furniture, combined in this case with a new-found fascination with the process and potentials of extrusion.