Istanbul – Young German designer Annika Frye will illustrate how (wo)man and machine can collaborate to create objects with a hand-crafted feel.
Her low-tech Improvisation Machine, on show at the Istanbul Design Biennial this week, produces objects by rotating a hand-made mould to make idiosyncratic containers.
The resulting one-off items, called Improvised Objects, contrast with the perfect repetitions created by mass-production techniques. The objects are meringue-like fragile plasterworks with an unpolished charm. Wooden stands and handles are introduced on an ad-hoc basis, adding to their DIY craft character.
Frye hopes the machine will be considered as a piece of furniture in its own right, as well as a production tool. It will be installed at the Biennial from 10 October to 13 December as part of the Adhocracy exhibition, curated by Joseph Grima.
LS:N Global will be in Istanbul for the opening of the 2012 Design Biennial. Look out for our show review.