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 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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A series of rocklike textured shelves, tables and lights. Handmade with a technique developed by Odd Matter that explores the use of cork and alpha crystalline plaster as an aggregate material. Combining the soft and light nature of cork with the rigidity and strength of gypsum.
The cork granules are an inherent part of the cork process. All cork that is not sold whole or is waste from the bottle stopper production gets granulated. For Mass different sizes of granules are added to the plaster which is then cast onto a smooth surface. By mixing the cork with the plaster the granules enhance the plasters qualities by increasing its volume, reducing the weight and introducing structure and elasticity, becoming an aggregate material. By using different sizes of granules a range of structure and texture is possible. Once cast the cork itself is not apparent at first but by sanding back the flat surfaces the cork granules can be revealed, showing a terrazzo like surface.