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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Carafe designed as a souvenir for Sofia, Bulgaria.
A souvenir to us is specific to the location. It is a memory, a memento of something you saw or experienced during your stay. It is the feeling of taking a little piece of the place, the culture home.
A less well known fact about Sofia is that it lays in a valley with over 30 mineral water springs, historically used for public baths, healing and drinking. In the local folklore there are many tales and believes surrounding the benefits of it. So much so that still today people wait in line with big plastic bottles to fill and bring the spring water home.