RACE WITH NATURE
CURATED BY AUDRONE DRUNGILAITE
Race with Nature reflects the never-ending competition between humans and nature; the chosen scenography of the exhibit reveals the history of the landscape as four villages and two cemeteries were swallowed by the shifting sands at Curonian Spit (Dead Dunes, Lithuania) in 1675-1854. The result of human activity and dominating western winds encouraged dunes to travel from 0,5 to 15 meters per year reaching a height of up to 53 meters.
The surrounding landscape of dunes continuously transforms and accommodates design pieces that symbolize the urbanized world; an aesthetic juxtaposition allows the audience to bear witness to the social complications of how the material object may enter the organic environment. This unique place encourages communal memory – underscoring how the landscape contains integral embodied knowledge. Highlights include the ‘Naïve Chair,’ reflective of simplicity and the fast pace of urban life – it can be easily “flat” packed and sent in a pizza size box while ‘Envisioned Comfort Armchair’ repeats human body lines and associates with commodious life elements – luxury, sophistication, and neatness. Such life is totally opposite to the natural environment which is beautiful because of all imperfections, roughness, and dirt. ‘Raitūzai Mirror’ combines industrial precision with nature-inspired gypsum ornaments from historical buildings.
The curated collection should help to remember how fragile the line is between life and death – how impossible it is to fight against nature – a phenomenon that never ceases to produce itself in the image of victory.
AGNĖ KUČERENKAITĖ /
IGNORANCE IS A BLISS
Since the Industrial Revolution ignorance and negligence have generated overloaded landfills in our throw-away culture. Metals are crucial to our world, and, unfortunately, a non-renewable resource. ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ is an ongoing project about reincorporating the value of metal waste by applying it as a pigment from industries such as drinking water supply and soil remediation companies into new valuable products and methods. The colors are retrieved purely by using pigments from waste. In this project, surprisingly, the more contaminated the raw material, the more vibrant the designed objects are.
Each piece is hand-crafted and fired in a unique reduction gas oven, comes with its’ own charming irregularities. All ceramic pieces are food safe.
€ 36-120 ex. VAT
|Full dimensions (cm)||Various|
|Material||Porcelain, Waste Pigments|
BARBORA ŽILINSKAITĖ /
SUNDAY LIGHT MIRROR
When a week of the cloudy sky is replaced by a sunny day, the faces of people suddenly change. Long winter seasons, short days, and a shortage of natural lighting in ones living environment could make us feel a longing for the Sun. “Sunday” is a light mirror that creates an emotion of sunshine. The light projected by it is psychologically associated with a sunray coming through a window.
The “Sunday” Light Mirror is an interior detail, which changes a visual atmosphere and it can also be used as a mirror. In order to regulate the direction of light, the user can rotate the mirror and choose which side of a room to brighten up or adjust the angle of the mirror to see a self-reflection. The idea of “Sunday” is to be seen not as a lamp, but as an experience of a sunny day.
€ 756 ex. VAT
BARBORA ŽILINSKAITĖ /
“Afterwards” suggests devoting small actions to a dream, as there is no other way to keep the flower alive. It is an invented ritual which helps people to follow their dreams or reach their goals – it suggests treating a flower while having a definite purpose. After completing a single act devoted to a dream, one stone ball should be thrown into the vase and a drop of water nourishes the flower.
Watching how water flows towards the plant creates a moment which honours the process and captures the significance of ordinary moves. The “Afterwards” Vase for Growing Dreams is made using glass-blowing techniques and includes sphere balls made of Onyx Gemstone.
€ 957 ex. VAT
LIMITED EDITION: 15
EVELINA KUDABAITE /
“Raitūzai” is a collection of home accessories – mirrors and candle holders – created using unique waste material derived from a collapsed building. The main details of these objects are gypsum-like pieces that were used to decorate ceilings at the beginning of the 20th century. They are now transformed into new objects. Each piece is unique by its cross-section and surface that changed over the years. It is a collection where 20th and 21st centuries blend into new objects, connecting past, present, and, hopefully, future.
300-360 € ex. VAT
Read the exclusive interview in Adorno Editorial
“…I wanted to select objects that could bring some peace to minds, restore a connection with nature and history, even if some of us are locked inside of our homes because of the virus, not knowing how the nearest future will look.”
– Audronė Drungilaitė, curator of the Lithuanian collection, “Race with Nature”
MONIKA GEDRIMAITĖ /
Gedrimaitė explores the dialectic between the vessel as material and conceptual formation. The artist is interested in the utilitarian foundation of a vessel and new possibilities of use. By universalizing the meaning of a vessel, the ceramicist reduces the recognition of an object until only a trace remains. Using the technical methods of creating and deconstructing ceramics, Gedrimaitė presents the objects of an imaginary function, which are not necessarily related to the original purpose, giving them a new concept as a vessel.
“Double” is a one of a kind, functional stoneware vase. The idea of it was shaped by the uniqueness of natural soil and human intervention.
Exterior – raw stoneware; Interior – glazed, fired 1250°C.
€ 200 ex. VAT
MARIJA PUIPAITĖ & VYTAUTAS GEČAS /
“Envisioned Comfort” is a series of objects based on construction that allows a broad variety of shapes. The more elements you have, the more detailed curves you can get. Therefore, this construction can be applied to almost any furniture you can imagine.
On the one hand, it’s a complex object with lots of elements. On the other hand, it’s not like other soft furniture – these are completely honest and openly show the way they are built. The rhythmical construction allows you to carefully admire the crafted elements: beechwood joints and brass fittings. By merging two different design practices, Marija Puipaitė (organic, human body based shapes) and Vytautas Gečas (complexity, fragmentation, layering) found a common point where the construction defines and forms a fluid shape into an ergonomic entity.
€ 4800 ex. VAT
LIMITED EDITION: 10
SEVERIJA INČIRAUSKAITĖ-KRIAUNEVIČIENĖ /
REPEATED RUG COLLECTION
This collection of carpets was created from used knitwear: sweaters, caps, scarves, gloves, etc. Patterned knitwear with rapport pattern, i.e. rhythmically repeated pattern, was used for the collection. The name of the collection, “Repeated”, ambiguously refers to repeated patterns and the second use of knitwear to create a different design object.
The carpets were produced in Neaustima, UAB (Šiauliai), one of the largest non-wovens companies in the Baltic States, using modern industrial looms to create a unique design. The collection of carpets were created using the same technology and are reproducible; however, the composition of each carpet is different depending on the color of the used materials and the graphic solution.
Individual orders are also possible, where the materials of the customer could be used, e.g. favored, but no longer worn clothes or their fragments. Thus, a person who finds it difficult to part with favorite belongings has an opportunity to transform them into another form of use and keep them in their environment.
€ 1000 ex. VAT
|Full dimensions (cm)||3x150x230|
ETC. ETC. STUDIO /
The Naïve Chair could be drawn by a child – six sticks and one seat. The chair is stripped to the minimum – only seven parts – a carved, solid ash seat and six legs of equal length. The length and angles of the legs are set to get the best proportions for looks and comfort.
The chair can be flat-packet to a pizza box and takes only a minute to assemble or disassemble.
€ 226 ex. VAT
|Full dimensions (cm)||38,9×49,2×82,3|