Created from wood and glass, which is durable yet finite, Prism gives us a wondering moment to questions the value of projection. Considering the link between projection and material, the comprehensible and the sought. Planes and reflections, shadows and eclipse allow exploration of an immaterial presence. With examples employing Variotrans dichroic glass both color and reflectivity become relative to light source and viewer perspective.
The first idea of this collection dates back on 2014 when Jakob was questioning the meaning of his profession as a furniture maker, considering things beyond the inertia of ‘surfaces above ground’ that he build for a living.
"The prism structure came to me during some manual operation and I sketched it on a workbook then built a prototype the following day, not knowing what or why it was other than it was pleasing to do so. It kicked around the home for five months before any viable notions of direction appeared. There stood a dialogue on tension that I wished to convey so glass needed to be introduced in a manner that gave equal value to both materials. I presented a model in Ash with clear glass at Ventura Interieur Kortrijk before developing versions in dichroic glass for Ventura Lambrate in Milan.”
Jakob told us that participating milan design week this year was a good examine. In shortly he will expand the prism concept for installations and point of sale application, considering the passage of sunlight and foot traffic in order to convey presence and moment. "I continue to develop and produce furniture pieces. With these, the narrative or raison d’etre is becoming more important as the precursor to form. I’m paying less attention to noise and instead watching the space in between for cues "
Studio 22 by Jakob Hartel based in Uzes, France, developing bespoke furniture and interior design. His work focuses on creating quiet pieces, neither imposing nor invisible, combining simple form with complex detail responding to the essential experience through french wood.