Kaarsrecht Kruk by Pascal Smelik



Dutch graduate designer Pascal Smelik has made an aluminium table cast from hot wax poured into cold water.


The technique is the same as the one Smelik used to design the wine glasses we wrote about yesterday.


Smelik squirts hot candle wax into water using a large syringe, then drains the water and fills it with gypsum.


He then puts the mould into an oven to remove the wax before casting the aluminium.


See our earlier story about Smelik's wine glasses. Here's some text from the designer:


The inspiration for my product is the idea that every product has a unique shape. I have made a big injection needle which i can fill up to 2 liters of hot candle wax. When I spray this candle wax in a bath of cold water, the wax hardens out and gets bizarre shapes. I can draw in the bath with cold water.


The first liquid hot candle wax that comes in contact with the cold water becomes solid and wants to float, so bizarre shapes grow out of the bucket to the water surface.


I have drawn a crutch on this way. But more interior products are possible. After i have drawn the crutch, I let the water out of the bath and fill it up with a gypsum mixture. When i have done this the whole mould goes into an oven, to stoke out the wax.


After this i fill up the mould with liquid aluminium, when this hardens out i break open the mould and my product is born.

Posted on Friday August 21st 2009 at 5:19 pm by Zaynab D. Ziari. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • “Pièce unique” & nice design… ;)

    Francois Beydoun

  • Love this stuff. Love the sense of things-fall-apart, decay, entropy, wabi sabi, his work imparts.

  • zeemmee

    My professors would ask me if I ever designed such a thing “how will u clean it?”.

  • toodles

    oh come on. you can’t sit on this, it would ruin you’r clothing. this comment may not get published but i really thing the direction of dutch design needs some serious looking into. I am yet to see anything that is not purely for a photograph.


  • Lenny

    Very very beautifull. I feel the vibe looking at this kruk..

  • joop

    Its like his collection of wine glasses by plunging hot wax into cold water and making casts from the resulting forms. Its a first year experience with materials.

  • I really enjoy the texture. It reminds me of old, gnarled trees cover with moss and vegetation. It’s beautiful.

    @”toodles”- Why would you sit on it? It’s a table. And why couldn’t you if you wanted? It’s solid aluminum. I just don’t get where your comment is coming from.

  • Are you sure it’s not another pavillion?

  • b e n

    toodles, before broadcasting such a statement, make sure that you show to have at least comprehended the project – this, at all degrees. now, unless you are accustomed to sitting on your tables, i do not see many trying to sit on this. this is a table, and it regards to following and preaching an aesthetic related to function, the table is probably the thing that enables you the most flexibility. the table has the most basic of programs which does not even take into account comfort.

    furthermore, the comments made ahead are classic comments that do not understand or take into account the role of the avant-garde. this is a project which does not act as a steady beacon for design, but rather as the vector to new design methods.

    even if i cannot say that i am taken away by the aesthetics of it, i applaud this design.

  • bagelwithcreamcheese

    kruk = stool or crutch. people could do some research around here. dezeen said it was a table but kruk in dutch means stool. this is a stool. meaning a seat.

  • hj

    a ‘kruk’ in dutch is a stool, and is meant to sit on…
    nice naive experiment, throw some wax in the water and see which function fits the shape, pure formalism.

  • greig

    @ toodles, jeremiah, ben
    yes it is a table, but I wouldn’t want to put a glass of wine on it. ooh I really don’t like this :(

  • charles

    I agree with B e n.

    >this is a project which does not act as a steady beacon for design, but rather as the vector to new design methods.

    It’s true.
    We are at a critical transition point in design culture. While we all ponder with “so, what’s next in design?”, this experimental paradigm is a pleasant shift.

  • pacman

    Sauron wants it back once youre done with it…he says

  • willem

    i don’t care if it is a tool, a stable or a kirk. it is a pure and beautiful, non retro, non sci-fi, timeless product and an interesting step in material development. altough it is nearly unbelievable that never before in history hot candlewax felt in cold water … please don’t start about ‘kaarsrecht’, because it isn’t!

  • Matthias

    @pacman: close call!

    In Poland, pouring wax into cold water and interpreting the random shapes used to be (for some still is…) a part of the witchcraft performed on St Andrew’s day celebration.

  • g

    i’m sorry, but this is a first year experiment. it’s not design, because there has been nothing designed. raw seems to be a trend, but this is just too much for me. I wish you well, but please use your talent next time.

  • superdeluxe

    heatherwick’s bleigiessen sculpture anyone? same principal formfinding idea yet developed beyond mere casting (off).

  • tiffany

    this is not a table, this is a representation of a table. Is it art?

  • gen

    i do find some of the comments on here seem to be nothing but a way to crush someone else’s creative experiments, constructive criticism is one thing but slagging off and killing the openness of trying is just plan wrong. get a life or do something better yourself……….ps im sure ill get slagged off just for saying something!