SOON AT THE REFUGIUM :: ALEXA LIXFELD: GLASS WOOD
Lixfeld sees her work as an open process, a collaborative action that allows for coincidence and surprises, incidents and accidents. In the Glass Wood project, a series of glass pieces that were handmade and mouth-blown in a workshop in Novy Bor, a small town in the Czech Republic, she had her project guided by objets trouvés, wooden molds that she found and that lend the glass pieces their form once they are blown, but are usually separated from them afterwards. Lixfeld left them together, thus also revealing the making of. “My work is essentially about bringing together what is already there, but did not connect before. I chose the color of the glass, and decided where and how to cut it, but after that the project became an interaction with the surroundings, finding potential in what was given, working hands on with the artisans. A great number of designers start from scratch, and then define the product in every detail, its material, color, shape, and so on. If you take that as a norm, I’m less a product designer than a project designer, a curator and facilitator, someone who makes things possible.” (mb)www.alexalixfeld.com REFUGIUM (BERLIN AS A DESIGN PRINCIPLE) – JUNE 5-9 / BERLIN TEMPELHOF.