White is one of several projects by Simon
Heijdens exploring processes of time-based transformation performed
by the objects and environments that surround us.
says, "Just as one can follow the growth of a child or a flower,
the connection between ourselves and the products that surround
us could be more intense if they were less static, more open to
our personal surrounding and able to grow, just like their users."
White is a collection of ceramic dishes with rare physical
characteristics. As they facilitate the consumption of food and
drink over many months and years, the smooth white plates, cups
and bowls develop tiny cracks that slowly, very slowly, reveal intricate
floral patterns. The varying states of adornment on each plate or
cup directly reflects the relationship with its owner, so that his/her
favorites have the greatest wealth of decoration while others may
remain quite plain.
a world of disposable products, Heijdens has designed a unique process
that embeds new layers of experience into everyday objects, enriching
their meaning well beyond mere function and convenience, and thus
rendering them increasingly precious to the user over time.
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