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.