In der Elst sources supplies which are industrial byproducts, which he handcrafts into amorphous furnishings.
For his most up-to-date assortment, the Cologne-based designer visited a quarry in Lindlar in western Germany, the place he salvaged giant slabs of Lindlar Greywacke – quite a lot of arduous and darkish sandstone – that might’ve in any other case been waste materials.
“It is a very hands-on method, so I went to the quarries myself and chosen these items,” he informed Dezeen on the truthful.
One piece is a modular espresso desk made up of three jagged hunks of dark-hued stone. These had been left largely untouched aside from a flat tabletop, which was sanded down.
“You’ll be able to see that the weather of the objects are utterly unchanged of their dimensions,” mentioned In der Elst, who defined that the furnishings was created to evoke the feel and materiality of enormous rocks.
“The secret is to patiently seek for the best one among the many amassed offcuts,” continued the designer. “Nothing is processed after discovering it – so it’s kind of like [building with] Lego!”
Among the many different items within the assortment is a chunky flooring lamp crafted from the discarded sandstone, which was fitted with a big, orb-like bulb.
In der Elst additionally created one other coarse espresso desk and a bench, in addition to a squat vase and an angular chair that was made to playfully resemble a dark-coloured tombstone.
The designer is showcasing reworked variations of older merchandise from his Soft Works collection alongside his stone-based creations.
His 2022 “pasta chair” – geometric seating with protruding latex tubes that appear like jumbo tubes of bucatini – was recreated in black, reasonably than its unique blue.
In der Elst’s Aluskin Couch was additionally current on the truthful – a revised model of a earlier foam armchair. The couch was created from polyurethane foam, an industrial byproduct salvaged from a mattress manufacturing facility.
The work is a part of the design week’s annual group exhibition Älvsjö Gård, a platform created to showcase experimental items that straddle one-off items and industrial design.
Elsewhere in Stockholm, Dezeen’s deputy editor Cajsa Carlson spoke to Iittala’s creative director Janni Vepsäläinen about her imaginative and prescient for the famend Finnish model, whereas design studio Form Us With Love invited architects and interior designers to test out an experimental pop-up workspace known as Testing Grounds.
Stockholm Design Week takes place in Stockholm from 5-11 February. See Dezeen Events Guide‘s Stockholm Design Week 2024 guide for details about exhibitions and occasions going down all through the week.