Tools for Progress
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Tools for Progress is a laboratory for design and art based in Rotterdam. Inspired by architectural elements and natural landscapes, we make objects and scénographies.
Founded by architect & researcher Cédric Van Parys(BE), and art director & graphic designer Lu Liang(CN), TOOLS FOR PROGRESS is celebrating the ornamentality of the minimal and the brutal. Combining innovative (industrial) production techniques with craftsmanship, they re-appropriate monumental proportions and details into conceptually radical and meticulously accurate sculptures, centrepieces, wearable objects and displays. Through a functional aesthetic, contemporary character and romantic soul, our TOOLS represent luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.
// Flower Cone
The Surtout de Table first appeared in the 17th century as a utilitarian object designed to protect polished wooden tables. It rapidly evolved to fill the role of ornamental table centrepiece and was often made in sections allowing its length to be determined by the table. Both the Flower Cone and the Pont d’eau are modern interpretationsof these domestic monuments.
// Twin Rock
A series of one-off displays sculpted from anthracite and cast in Aluminum.
This collection explores a desire to imitate nature by presenting a series of small dual displays.
Sculpted from anthracite and subsequently casted in aluminum, each twin “shelf” is unique and can be used to display any precious or peculiar object. Unlike the widely applied marbles, travertine and onyxes, this material has a specific “aura” which is comparable to the Chinese scholar’s rock (gongshi). It is a stone shaped by natural forces, which is appreciated for its particular appearance.