Resilience by Julia Lohmann



Design Miami/Basel 08: Julia Lohmann is one of four Designers of the Future at Design Miami/Basel this week.


Along with Max Lamb, Martino Gamper and Kram/Weisshar, Lohmann was asked to produce a body of work using concrete and wool for the collectors' fair, which runs until tomorrow.


Her response is a series of concrete tables cast onto a woven wool backing.


See our earlier story for more details of all this year's Designers of the Future.


Here's some info from Lohmann:


concrete and wool tables
Julia Lohmann 2008


My response to the concrete and wool brief set by Design Miami/Basel is based on research into man-made structures that are exposed to the elements, re-conquered by nature and demolished by humans as well as the effects of natural disasters on the built environment.


The concrete and wool objects on show play with a role reversal of qualities we associate with man-made and natural materials. Concrete, which is normally considered a structural and long-lasting material, is cast in two-dimensional forms onto a woven wool backing.

Then, in a design process that harnesses destructive force and the 'undesirable' effects of decay as a creative tool, the concrete shapes are broken up. Held together by wool, normally deemed the weaker material of the two, the fragmented forms are then reconfigured into three-dimensional shapes and fixed. This process allows the creation of a wide range of unique objects based on shapes cast in a single mould.

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Posted on Wednesday June 4th 2008 at 12:22 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • edward

    I found the pieces disappointing. Ms Lohmann seems to be happier working with soft tissue rather that something as inanimate as concrete. Perhaps her research should have included a visit to Le Corbusier’s Monastery of La Tourette for inspiration.

  • Hi Julia,

    we met in Milan in your studio. Lovely work again!
    Good to see you on here on dezeen. Check the Aesop project below what we just finished. Hope to see you and Gero soon.


  • How do I put this I both like and dislike this piece. I would love to see these pieces in a garden enviorment after a couple years of vegitation growing on them. In there current setting they seem bland and just thrown out there to fill the space not add to it.

  • bald skull

    if this is what the future holds, we should all hang ourselves now.

    this is DEFF not a true representation of what students see the future of design being.

  • Mark

    I really like the point banalor has made, but this still just isn’t up to par.

  • yes!

    anti-design is so hot right now!
    its like she just did not try to design it ( but really really did )
    anyone say ‘mogatu’?

  • fanstas

    She is extremely nice, this why I think it is very difficult for me to criticize her. But, yes her work is not my cup of tea!
    Honestly, I think that this design art trend has an expiring date, and I don’t see it too far. Economy, is coming down and the first thing that collapses is art selling.
    Guys and girls on design art: take what you can now, because this is going to an end soon.

  • leandro locsin

    she continuously does disturbing works. a headless seal (or a dark rotting cow), a cracking table, a poorly-scaled arc of a seat, a lying dead meat slab.

    truly disturbing. cerebral can be engaging serene but this one is repelling bothersome.

    intellectual creations can be cool! i cant force myself to like these unhappy imagery, theyre not at all appealing.

  • edward

    As I read it, these designers were also asked to produce pieces of concrete and wool. It would be good to see what they did with the challenge.
    Max Lamb, Martino Gamper and Kram/Weisshar

  • ad

    to yes
    anti-design is never hot-ever!