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Geluk creates objects with a balance between form and function; he uses unconventional materials and strikingly bold and often surprising designs.
Piquing our curiosity While being creative is certainly a skill in itself, Rotterdam’s Michiel Geluk takes it far further. A proficient design consultant and self-proclaimed creative, he deftly transforms his knack for sketching imaginative designs into beloved and coveted interior products, innovative creations that each home is secretly calling for. TEXT: EMMIE COLLINGE | PHOTOS: GELUK DESIGN
Eschewing the more traditional designs, Geluk constantly poses himself the question of how best to pique our curiosity as a consumer. Whether it’s a wine rack, lamp or stool, he isn’t content until he reaches his objective of making us, the consumer, stare in amazement at the product – and believe us, this happens. Often pleasantly surprised by his rather unconventional material choices and strikingly bold designs, he succeeds like very few others in expressing his creative thoughts as physical entities. Take, for example, the 1,000 faces lamp, a striking circular lamp with no fewer than 160 planes, which double as both the design and the light source. Inspired by the sunset’s reflection in the ripples of Rotterdam’s Kralingse Park lake, Geluk settled on copper as the material for this cutting-
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edge product. Using copper as a flat sheet gave the young designer the flexibility to create these angles that spread the light like the ripples of the water. “It’s these kind of occurrences that inspire me,” he explains from his studio. “Far removed from the design process, the everyday happenings can spark concepts in my mind and then I’ll head back to the studio and create simple paper or cardboard models to try out my ideas.” Similarly, Geluk’s crane-inspired balance lamp causes raised eyebrows with its far from innocuously unbalanced 60cm length and 3mm width setting it apart from any regular light source. With his inventive designs, Geluk bestows an extra dimension onto household items, such as his solidly delicate hand-casted bowls and candles created with concrete.
“As a product,” explains Geluk, “these will age over time, telling a story as unique as their owners.” When it comes to the choice of material, “they choose themselves,” he says matter-of-factly. “The material has to strengthen the product’s story as well as suiting the function of the product.” Working on commission or for his own collection, Geluk’s sense of creativity is certainly reflected in the products as his aesthetically pleasing products strike the balance between form and function time and time again. Far more than just visually attractive, they’re tactile talking points of a room, winning your admiration – and as the name Geluk suggests, they’re happy products for happy people. www.gelukdesign.nl
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