A recent graduate of Ecole Cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL) Laetitia Florin has captured the design community's interest with her kinetic vessel entitled 'Bidum.'
Crafted from steel wrapped in cotton fabric, these vessels spring to life from the smallest environmental influence: a gust of wind, a small touch, or even the movement of a passerby.
We are seeing a trend in design at the moment to create objects and environments that engage the viewer. Tokujin Yoshioka's recent window installation for the Hermès shop in Tokyo comes to mind.
What I find most intriguing about Florin's 'Bidum' is the use of material, not digital technologies, to create an interactive or engaging object. The simplicity of this construction allow viewers to understand what environmental influences are creating the movement; the vessel's become representations of these unseen forces. They reveal the subtle wind blowing in one's garden, the movement of people though a space, or the slight touch of a curious onlooker.
Bidum is a dynamic object,a fascinating container.
It can be used for anything, you define what it contains !
The supple mesh moves with the slightest breeze without tumbling or wrinkling.
Feel the way it bounces, turn around it and watch the lines interfere with each other.
Movement is what makes Bidum beautiful and fascinating.