The countdown towards our first Milan show is in 10 days!  VIP invitations to the WORKs private preview evening goes out this week. We will be giving tours and talks on other days too. We will post a schedule of events in the next coming days. Stay alert!


This week we also share the  latest project updates from  three of our WORKs exhibitors –  Lola Lely, Meret Probst and Helena Karelson. Follow the posts below to see how their projects are progressing.


Patina 2(Fig. 1) Lola Lely has been experimenting with various chemical recipes for patination. Some of the chemicals from the list are extremely foul smelling. 

Patina 4(Fig 2.) Some of the techniques Lola has been devising to  patinate metal includes, burying metal in organic matter (such as sawdust and soil), wrapping, heating, liquid immersion   and fuming metal in various chemical solutions. ‘Fuming’ involves suspending  metal samples over various  strong chemical solutions. The fumes from the formulaes react with the metal and thus, produces a permanent and hardwearing patina on the surface.

Patina CloseupSKETCH(Fig. 3) Close-up of a patina sample with the design sketch superimposed on top.

Little houses big finials 009(Fig. 4) Newly turned  parts for the neck element of the PATINA pendant lights. Lola has selected spalted beech – a rotten timber (which has random patterns and veining) because of its  resemblance to marble and stone patterning.  The wooden houses are for a second project – PATINA candlesticks.


1_plaster last(Fig. 1) The plaster last for the glass mould.3_plaster mould(Fig. 2) Creating a two-part mould from the plaster cast.4_glassblowers at work(Fig. 3) Glass blowers at work. 5_hot glass in the mould(fig. 4) Hot glass is dropped into the mould. The molten glass flows evenly inside the mould  through the distribution of air from the glass blower, blowing into the long pipe.  6_mould after use(Fig. 5) The plaster mould after use. 


small scale card models(Fig. 1) Helena Karelson’s small scale card models for her innovative Kontuur blinds. assembling the blinds(Fig. 2) Assembling the blind to test the mechanism.


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