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5. Kristian Solmer Vedel Vase
Kristian Solmer Vedel (Denmark, b.1923-2003)

Danish industrial designer Kristian Solmer Vedel believed in the qualities of the new, revolutionary melamine plastic – ‘the material of the future’. Melamine was lightweight, sturdy, low-cost, and could be produced in many colours, making it a highly versatile material. Even this vase was machine-pressed, a product of a production line. It took until the nineties to realise the damaging, environmental effects of such a sturdy, low-cost material.

丹麦工业设计师克里斯蒂安·索尔默·韦德尔相信,三聚氰胺塑料,即“未来的材料”,具有全新的、革命性的特性。三聚氰胺重量轻、结实、成本低,而且可以被制成多种颜色,是一种用途广泛的材料。即使这个花瓶是由机器压制而成的流水线产品。直到90年代,人们才意识到这种坚固、低成本的材料对环境的破坏和影响。

6. Stainless Steel Tray

This sleek, stainless steel tray was designed by Pierre Forssel for Swedish company A.B. Gense. Although Gense started out as a cutlery manufacturer, it specialised in stainless steel from the 1920s, innovating in fine homeware pieces that were easier to upkeep than traditional silverware. Working in stainless steel was rare for Forssel who usually produced glitzy brass or gold plate objects. This design is toned-down, stripped to its barest form.

这个光滑的不锈钢托盘是由皮埃尔·佛塞尔为瑞典公司A.B詹森设计的。尽管詹森最初是一家餐具制造商,但它从20世纪20年代开始专门研究不锈钢,创新了比传统银器更容易保养的精美家居产品。对于更熟悉黄铜或镀金器皿的设计师佛塞尔来说,用不锈钢进行加工是很少见的。这个不锈钢托盘采用最精简的设计形式,呈现出最原始、最简单的美感。

Pierre Forssell (Sweden, b.1925-2004) Dish, c.1951-1976 Stainless steel ILEA object no: M178E Photograph reproduced courtesy of Ben Mullins, photograph © UAL UAL does not hold copyright over the object illustrated