Cabinet by Dimitri Vangrunderbeek
Artists can be perfect designers as they know the fine balance between visually exciting and intriguing pieces! Look at Dimitri Vangrunderbeek who made an extraordinary piece for D&A Lab. The playful cupboard is partly inspired by a previous artwork from 1991. In that work, moving figurines, cut out of paper, were folded upwards at the feet.
But the artistic inspiration doesn't stop there. The twelve figures reappearing on the object are taken form a sequence of photographs by 19th century photographer Muybridge. This provides an animated image thanks to the figurines which are arranged in different directions, creating an effect of movement owing to the way they have been cut out and the shadows they cast. For this effect, D&A Lab went in search of thin sheets of steel and a special technique in order to enable them to cut out these small shapes.
In his artistic work, Dimitri gives a new meaning to everyday objects. When handling them, he not only makes them lose their initial purpose, but also their own specific physical characteristics, either by packing them up, wrapping them, coating them, sawing parts off them, polishing them, covering them, or dismantling them. If you know that his grandfather was a joiner and his parents ran a furniture shop then the link to his work is quickly made.
And while this design/art work does not loose it function he treats the used material as a proper canvas where he can transform the plain metal into kind of poetic beauty.