New Work / COMMON THINGS BY SILVA LOVASOVA
The designer Silvia Lovasová has come up with her new collection Common Things. And yet, they are not as common as they might seem. What is rather uncommon about these things of everyday use (a mirror, a box, a shelf, a bowl) is the way they were conceived.
They are a result of the designer’s milling cutting tests of different substitute materials and of various forms of surface finishing. The author also toyed with an option of creating the illusion of ready products, although they are basically nothing but prototypes cut, in this case, out of artificial wood. She “cuts it” mostly thanks to her choice of finishing such as surface rubberizing or flocking. However, testing the capabilities of a milling machine remains an important aspect for her, mainly in what structures could be achieved. For instance, thick structures take less time, so their production is cheaper, which shows her interest in the production efficiency, too. As the designer summed it up: „My goal was to find the simple path to a final product made by a milling machines, but not at the expense of its form or function.“ The final outcome is not only efficient, but also effective. The bold structured surfaces, colours and shapes that seem to be deliberately a little too mechanical are precisely what gives a twist to these expressive, though modest in size, solitaires.