ODD MATTER is a design studio driven by curiosity for all the strange and wonderful. Researching, probing, creating and exploring our world’s past, present and future through it’s materials, processes and concept.
The studio believes that by working with existing processes and notions, researching these from a different more naive perspective a different kind of products can be created. Unique and specific to the place they originate from.
Odd Matter are Dutch native Els Woldhek and Bulgarian Georgi Manassiev. They recently moved to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, after having lived and worked for the past six years in London, where the pair met whilst undertaking their MA studies in the Design Products department at The Royal College of Art. The pairs common interest in the borders of creation, process and material has put them on a shared path. One that operates across a wide range of disciplines and seeks to work with existing industries to create products, interiors, concepts or unique commissions more true and telling of their creation and ‘will’.
ODD MATTER STUDIO
Els Woldhek & Georgi Manassiev
3023 xs Rotterdam
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For Legacy, residency and exhibition at Schloss Hollenegg for design
Legacy is part of the realisation that we don’t live in a static place and there are always many options. But we do live in a finite place, so our choices influences those options.
Every day we have to decide on what to invest our energy. The same can be said of the choices we make regarding the places that surround us. We can choose to preserve, maintain and restore what is present and existing; we can decide to add objects, information, technologies; finally we can opt to abandon, lose and throw away what we believe to be no longer valuable.
The room in Schloss Hollenegg in which Odd Matter chose to explore these ideas, is one of the Gobelin Zimmer (tapestries rooms). A warm space in red tones, it is an eclectic mix of different eras and cultures, with seventeenth-century tapestries, oriental objects, renaissance furniture and boiserie doors inlaid with gold leaf. The four poster bed is in red velvet with a consistency and brightness that, together with the gold leaf and glazed ceramic, are the inspiration for the project. Odd Matter have focused their attention on the old worn rug that was at the centre of the room: some parts are lost, some can be preserved and something will be added. They have chosen to preserve a fragment from the old rug and add a recognisable digital intervention, using it to create the pattern and shape for the new carpet, the rest is lost. The new carpet has been produced in collaboration with Nodus.