Jun 3, 2010


I have been so busy these last few weeks I have hardly had time to look for inspiration but I did see this instillation online and wanted to share it with you.

Autarchy is an instillation by Studio Formafantasma in the Netherlands. The idea was to create a collection of vessels and lamps that are 100% natural from the simplest form of production. The pieces are made from 70% flour, 20% agricultural waste, and 10% natural limestone. They are baked at a very low temperature and are fully functional in the end. The color comes from natural dyes - vegetables, spices and roots are dried and then boiled or filtered to make the dye.

They write, "Autarchy suggests an alternative way of producing goods where inherited knowledge is used to find sustainable and uncomplicated solutions." I think there is definitely something to be said for returning to a simpler way of life. We tend to over complicate things in the name of technology and progress.

Also in the instillation are a series of brooms made from cereal sorgho. A result of a collaboration between broom maker Guiseppe Brunello and French bakery Poilane.

You can read more on the instillation and on the process used to make these here.

Speaking of slowing down, I'm off to enjoy a nice dinner and take a break from all the work on that awful "to do" list. :)
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