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These Tuomas Markunpoika Tolvanen Designs are Intricately Ornate

By: Jana Pijak - Published: Aug 23, 2012 • References: frameweb
These Tuomas Markunpoika Tolvanen furnishings are creatively functional. Inspired by his grandmother’s struggle with Alzheimer's, the Design Academy Eindhoven graduate aims to create furniture pieces that possess a strong sense of memory.

The designer takes ordinary furniture pieces and coats them with steel. He then burns the pieces leaving only their ornate steel shell.

A fan of simplicity and function, the designer takes design cues from the past stating that "a home-made object should only possess its bare essentials and fulfill its duty or purpose." These Tuomas Markunpoika Tolvanen furniture designs are constructed using an age-old technique that mixes steel and fire. Fusing aesthetics with function, these eclectic designs reference the past with their subtle ornamentation and eroded patina developed during the metal burning process.