• Node, Els Woldhek & Georgi Manassiev. Photo : Els Woldhek & Georgi Manassiev
  • Node, Els Woldhek & Georgi Manassiev. Photo : Els Woldhek & Georgi Manassiev
  • Node, Els Woldhek & Georgi Manassiev. Photo : Els Woldhek & Georgi Manassiev
  • Ovii, Els Woldhek & Georgi Manassiev. Photo : Els Woldhek & Georgi Manassiev
  • Ovii, Els Woldhek & Georgi Manassiev. Photo : Els Woldhek & Georgi Manassiev
designers shortlist 2015
Els Woldhek & Georgi Manassiev
Netherlands & Bulgaria
Node
Ovii

The duo ODD Matter, consisting of Els Woldhek and Georgi Manassiev, present two projects in which electricity plays a key role. Their work is based upon existing techniques, observed from an aesthetic angle. The collection
of vases Ovii may be interpreted as a Baroque experiment with electrolysis. Glass panels are partially covered with a conductive paint and are then submerged overnight in a copper solution. The agglutinated metal creates
a framework with an aleatory relief, binding the panels amongst themselves: thus each vase is a unique surprise which reveals itself only once the current is removed. The swellings seem to have generated themselves like clotted lymphs. These protrusions give the objects their function by creating hermetic welds. The design of the lamp Node is a physical expression of an electrical diagram. It could be the outline of a switch. Its composition describes the system which makes it effective and gives it its function. The geometrical shapes which symbolise the components of a circuit (circle, rectangle, triangle) are made from Jesmonite, an insulating ecoresin, and house the light emitting diodes and the transformer. Copper rods are used as conductors: they pivot in order to close the circuit and switch on the lamp. In use it is intuitive, highlighting the change in the object’s state along with its interaction with the user.
This duo of designers approach scientific processes in an autodidactic fashion, where far from promoting a demystification of these principles, they tend to create precious and poetic objects.

Text — Magalie Guérin