MIDDERNACHT & ALEXANDER
Sofie Middernacht and Maarten Alexander are experts at striking the ideal balance between form and content. They joined forces in 2016 to develop an artistic partnership that enables them to work outside the confines of photography, integrating consistent content while adopting and adapting a varied spectrum of diverse materials. Their work is at the nexus of sculpture, photography, and spatial installation.
How I Got Over is the newest edition to the ever-expanding portfolio of Sofie Middernacht and Maarten Alexander. In this body of work, which consists of a coffee table, benches and stools, the designers imagine the furniture with minimal architectural lines that accentuate the uniqueness of the materials used to design them. The pieces in this collection are made from recycled underground diesel tanks that range in size from 4 to 10k litres and excavated from houses nearby that had them in the ground for 50 years or more. The parts of the tanks are then cut and welded together to get the final product. No additional shaping is required. Any round forms come directly from the tank, while the flat parts flattened with a hammer.
This collection, which boasts an undeniably creative approach, gives all the credit for its design to the material and the designers' gesture.
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