Trends 2023/2024: Lo-Fi – high craft masquerading as high technology

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The technique that helped the Dane get into a world-class gallery space with his first work is hand-joined thin (3 mm) layers of clay. The Slice chair consists of dozens of layers seemingly made on a 3D printer, created by laser using a special computer program. The first chair made from glued clay layers was created in 1998, later versions made of wood appeared.

London designer Phil Cuttance works with a special technique using jamesonite, a water-based composite material with the properties of concrete. From it he makes vases and various accessories, various surfaces. All items are molded by hand.

Sakyu bench by Rasmus Fenhann, one of the most talented Danish designers, is created from fragments of solid Oregon pine glued together. The three-dimensional design on the surface was created using a CNC router, but all other sanding was done by hand using Japanese planers and profiled scrapers.

Dutch twin brother duo Verhoeven Twins are known for their lo-fi experiments. The most striking example is their Cinderella Table, created in 2005. The table is produced in a limited edition of 20 pieces. First, a silhouette of the table was created in a computer program. It was then hand-glued from 741 layers of machine-treated plywood and sanded.

Petra Dahlström also uses lo-fi techniques in her Carbon Black porcelain panels. White, hand-cast porcelain sheets with traces of soot, similar to a digital drawing, are the work of Danish artist Petra Dahlström. The designer held the porcelain at a certain angle above the flame from the candle: thus, black stripes remained on the surface.