FUNCTION AND SHAPE
Materiality series By Eduard Locota- Bench and stools
In recent years there has been a greater predisposition on the part of artists to make works that have not only an aesthetic value but also a utility function.
Functionalism, a trend or current from the beginning of the 20th century, advocates a conception according to which the structure and making of a work must be determined by practical considerations based on utility, materials and forms derived from it. It is opposed to the design method in that planning and structure arise from a preconceived formal idea in the artist’s mind.
Today, the decorative arts, design, ceramics, a certain type of sculpture, tend to strip works of classical ornamental elements and their historicist character; they are inspired by natural, environmental and ecological sustainability motifs. Thus, the works are characterized by their coherence between the constructive-technical and the aesthetic aspects, thanks to which the form corresponds to the function and the different materials and elements are communicated through a novel language.
Louis Sullivan, American architect, formulated the principle that defined functionalism: “form follows function”, the realization of the work has to be determined by its utilitarian character.
In the conception of the works, furniture, designs, environments, decorative objects, which aspire to a functional art together with the usefulness and solidity of the works, psychological and sociological values are not left out, they are taken into account and are part fundamental value of the work.
The beautiful, the pleasant contemplative and the use of the usefulness of the pieces achieve a whole that creates much more livable and sustainable environments.
Matrice chair By Tawla Agency and Plumbum
Tentacle Lamp By J Mc Donald