Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ThusThat aims to unearth the hidden back stories of our material surroundings through art and design. Bridging
across disciplines from scientific research to industrial processes, ThusThat uses design as a means of critical inquiry.
Their work explores the origins, processes, and narratives of materials in a way that critiques and reveals, while suggesting possible alternatives They work tirelessly at creating pieces that are strong, simple, and direct in form, keeping the complexity and innovations packed within the materiality itself.
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In this collection, studio ThusThat endeavors to renegotiate our understanding of copper through the combined use of the metal and its byproduct, slag.
Slag is the molten impurities cast aside in giant heaps during the production and recycling of copper, akin to man-made lava. Through close collaborations with scientific researchers in Belgium, the designers process and use the slag as a geopolymer, an alternative to cement with a substantially lower CO2 footprint.
Using a hand-forming technique inspired by cob and vernacular architecture, ThusThat creates large monoliths with textured surfaces that harken to the materials’ molten origins. They combine this with a variant of traditional coppersmithing on the metallic shade. The result are pieces with anamorphic presence that communicate a different story of a metal we depend upon so heavily.