Neolastic tableware by Studio Sjoerd Jonkers


Dutch graduate designer Sjoerd Jonkers presented a collection of plastic tableware inspired by primitive objects at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy graduation show earlier this summer.

The range is created by pouring liquid polymer over a sand mould, a technique Jonkers developed after a conversation with an archeologist about primitive production methods.

The moulding process is done by hand using simple, single-use sand moulds.

Jonkers controls the flow of the plastic with channels in the moulds and applies it in stages on some pieces to create handles and other fetatures.

The collection takes the forms of the many plastic containers, bowls, jugs and dishes found in the kitchen.

Photos are by Rutger Vos

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Neolastic tableware by Studio Sjoerd Jonkers

Amsterdam: designer Sjoerd Jonkers has presented a collection of Neolastic tableware inspired by archeology and primitive techniques during the Gerrit Rietveld Academy graduation show 2009.

Neolastic is a reaction on all industrial plastics in the household and in particular the kitchen. These objects are mostly functional plastics, like plastic containers, mugs, jugs, dishes and bowls, which we store in our kitchen cupboards or stores. Researching these functional objects Sjoerd Jonkers realized that for years on we have asked for more and more functional plastics but we have forgot using them in the same expansion of function. Neolastic is replacing all these functional objects by artifacts.

The collection of Neolastic tableware includes: containers, mugs, bowls, plates, dishes, cups, and jugs in varied sizes.

The technic was invented while Sjoerd Jonkers was thinking of new primitive technics and during a conversation with an archaeologist and reconstructive Leiden who told him about all primitive technics before the invention of the wheel and machines Sjoerd thought of pouring plastics over stones, trees or other objects shaped by nature. By practicing Sjoerd invented a possible technic in sand which is casting plastic over a positive sand mould.

The sand which is used for the production is also know as sculpture sand and comes from the Sand Academy in Den Haag. For casting plastic in sand there are no complicated moulds needed, and the whole process can be done by hand. The mould from sand is always lost, like any other sand mould. For every object there have to be build a new mould. The moulds are made in sand by using existing objects from the kitchen by adding channels it’s possible to control the plastic when it’s casted. After the first casting, some objects needed a second casting for an ear ore handle, others are ready for show off.

Here is some more information about Studio Sjoerd Jonkers

Sjoerd Jonkers (25) Studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, where he graduated in June 2009. During his study he founds his fascination for things and objects. A theme which he researched for is easy and graduation projects.

By using craft Sjoerd searches for his own 3d-handwriting where his intuitive drawings were his guiding. These drawings where part of his study and formed a base for his designs.

Posted on Friday October 9th 2009 at 12:09 am by Brad Turner. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Love the tactility of these pieces but I really have to wonder about their utility. I don’t think putting your mouth on the lip of one of those cups would be all that pleasant and I definitely think cleaning them would be a bother. They look really fab tho’.

  • Dave

    Great. Imagine keeping these items OF TABLEWARE clean or antiseptic. And then you eat with them? Yeah, right!

  • i like the way they look but there is no way to clean them well, hence this makes them completely unusable. why bother designing something that no one will ever want to use???
    really terrible design!

  • I’ll have some e-coli with my salad thanks.

  • Sophie Kuijken

    I really think it looks great! Beautiful design.
    And I don’t think the tableware is made for use.
    Don’t you people read the text at all?

    I love Sjoerd Jonkers.

  • Davide

    Is this website about design or about art? Sometimes the border between them is very thin and not clear, but in this case i think we’re seeing a work of art, so we should consider it from this point of view.
    Otherwise, as the above comments stated, it just doesn’t work.
    And ok, a designer can be inspired my primitive objects, but since then mankind has spent centuries in trying to get good shapes and goos finishes, making things smooth, or perfectly round… are we going back walking on four arms too?

  • rosa

    thats such a narrow minded perspective on design: that everything needs to be used and mass produced! there is also a thing called: experimenting, exploring techniques. maybe this is more of a comment on modern design techniques against mass production?

  • par

    the discussion above reveals how peoples’ standards have changed in their perception of what is acceptable when it comes to tableware. imagine, that people once used to cook and eat from vessels like these, made from natural materials

  • Vic

    More angry fun killers. Shut it, it’s fun.

  • I think there's a good lesson to be learned here: when you experiment with a new process, be sure the result is an appropriate use of the technique, otherwise, when you show it to people they will focus on it's lack of functionality. This technique could be an interesting way to make something that doesn't need to be cleaned like a desk organizer or lampshade.

  • Emiel

    You all should look at his other desings: and this link