The Puppeteer, by Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel, is an installation at LYNfabrikken’s BOX that plays with perspective and innovative production techniques.

Van der Wiel, perhaps best known for his Gravity series of furniture and accessories, adapted the technique for use in the show.

He poured a magnetic plastic into pairs of pantyhose that were hung from the ceiling …

… and once they were dry, flipped them over and placed them on the rings formed by the rugs optical illusory pattern.

In this way, they appear to have broken through from the floor, and as if they’re growing towards the magnetic structure that hangs from the ceiling.

Super surreal.

A new use for fishnet.

The material appears to grow out of the hose.

An aerial view of The Puppeteer.

A view of the BOX, LYNfabrikken’s exhibition space in Aarhus, Denmark.

Bizarro world where art and experimental design join forces.

A shot of the process, making the "mountains."

Mountains that hang from the ceiling.

The bursting pantyhose.

In the studio.

In the studio.

A close-up of the strange landscape.

The rug’s pattern offered yet another trippy perspective.

Another studio shot.

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A Surreal Landscape Made Of Magnetic Plastic And Pantyhose

Jólan van der Wiel flips gravity for The Puppeteer, an exhibition in Denmark.

It’s easy to take gravity for granted—as long as our feet hit solid ground as we get out of bed, we’re good to go. Jólan van der Wiel, however, is completely fascinated by unseen forces, and determined to turn them upside down—then back again. The Dutch designer has spent the past few years developing and refining his Gravity series of stools, sidetables, bowls, and candleholders. They’re all made with a unique machine that employs a powerful magnet, lowered down from above, to coaxing fractal-esque stalagmites from a bowl of iron-rich material below (check out this vid for a demo on how it works).

The Puppeteer is his latest feat straddling the divide between art and experimental design. The installation, on display at LYNfabrikken’s BOX exhibition space in Aarhus, Denmark, is a brain-bending maquette where man plays God by "growing" a surreal landscape.

As van der Wiel explains in the video, he developed a magnetic plastic for the project, which was then poured into hanging pairs of pantyhose. It’s a clever tweak on his traditional method: "They were created by gravity, but the gravity comes from the ground and not from the air." Once these were dry, they were flipped, then placed on "rings" formed by the custom carpet’s crazy waves, becoming a strange range of "mountains" that appear to be drawn towards the ceiling. As a whole, it’s a neat examination of genre-busting production processes tackling deep thoughts via design.

Marvel at The Puppeteer in person through June 2nd at the BOX in Arhaus.


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