David Derksen designed the Copper Mine Bowl in 2016. Measuring 35 x 35 x 7 cm, this solid bronze design is an open edition made to order with a 4-6.
Copper is both a fashionable element in decorative objects and an essential component in many commercial products. But there is deeper story behind this intriguing, beautiful material. The world's hunger for copper is ever increasing. Huge amounts of ore have to be extracted from the earth's crust to supply our industries. Perhaps without even knowing, we all contribute to the demand when we make a phone call, drive a car, or simply switch on a light. It has become indispensable to our daily lives. The mines that are the source of the ore are immense in scale and form intricate relief patterns in vivd colors that can be beautiful from a distance. But these mines are scars in the landscape, made by powerful machines and the brute force of explosives.
To show the scale of these open pits, Derksen used satellite images to create a 3D model of a copper mine in Chile . The resulting sand mold was then used to cast the bowl in bronze (90% copper/10% tin). After un-molding the bronze piece, the casting channels are removed, and the edges are sanded and polished.
Derksen graduated in 2009 from the Design Academy Eindhoven and completed his MSc degree in 2011 at Industrial Design TU Delft. During his studies, he launched his studio in Rotterdam, where he develops designs for lighting, furniture, and other interior products. He alternates between industrial design and more experimental projects; between self-initiated projects as well as commissioned ones. Since 2011, the studio presents itself every year at the Salone del Mobile in Milan. In 2015, Derksen was nominated for the Young Designer Award as part of the Dutch Design Awards. Currently he is a guest teacher at Master Industrial Design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and Product Design at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. In 2019, he began creative direction for WL Ceramics, a porcelain manufacturer.