“Creating objects is like playing with the forces of nature on scale.” —David Derksen
Donated by David Derksen, this print from the Dutch designer’s Copper Mine Etching Series is produced from copper etches in blue ink on etching paper. They depict the structures of copper mines as seen in satellite photos. Measuring 47 x 37 cm, each print in the series is numbered and signed; editions of 50 each.
Derksen became intrigued by copper as a fashionable material prized for its beauty. The mines that are the source of the ore are immense in scale, often like giant scars in the landscape. But from a distance, they often look as beautiful as the material itself. As the designer explains: “The world’s hunger for copper is ever increasing. Huge amounts of ore have to be taken from the earth’s crust to supply our industries. Without even knowing, we all contribute to its demand when we make a phone call, drive a car, or simply switch on a light. It has become an indispensable material in our daily lives.”
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 commissions. 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 lecturer in 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.
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