August 15, 2017
Of all the media at a product designer's disposal, sound is probably the least explored. This is perhaps surprising, considering the lasting impressions sounds and music can make. This is the subject of the Sound and Matter in Design exhibition at the Design Museum Holon in Israel, which, amongst other things, features the amazing jewellery collection deigned by Dana Hakim Bercovich.
The young jewellery artist's creations include statement neckpieces, brooches and other objects made out of upcycled mesh screens from disused loudspeakers. The designs are inspired by ancient amulets, worn by the superstitious (or the merely anxious) to dispel evil spirits. In this updated guise the loudspeaker mesh, which symbolises the transmission of sound and data, is designed, symbolically at least, to ward off the insidious interference of Big Brother, whether it's in the form of information overflow, digital surveillance or incessant data gathering. Whilst we cannot vouch for the effectiveness of this digital barrier, we are certainly impressed by the sculptural shapes and distinctive textures of the end products.
The Sound and Matter in Design exhibition is on at the Design Museum Holon in Israel from 29 June to 28 October 2017.
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