Industrialisation and globalisation produced several generations of anonymous, emotionless design. Since the onset of the new century, we have witnessed a shift toward conscious consumerism, as materials, manufacturing processes and ethics are all examined. Knowing a product’s author and questioning its origin have thus become tantamount.
There is no more significant provenance for man than the earth itself. While offering a treasure trove of information into our planet’s history and evolution, the earth’s soil is a relatively unexplored resource. Tapping into this natural lexicon of topographical and evolutionary identity, Lonny van Ryswyck and Nadine Sterk of the collective Atelier NL began Fieldwork,
a research project to help understand their homeland through the soil composition and agricultural aspects of the Netherlands’ Noordoostpolder municipality, a relatively new region created in the early 1940s from land reclaimed from the North Sea.
Using the samples they collected during Fieldwork, Atelier NL launched the Polderceramics collection, table service comprised of vessels created from the different clays. With naturally occurring colour and textural variations, they are unpolished and austere. Their shape and composition remind us of the traditional vessels that have nourished mankind for centuries. The fundamental principal of the collection is that the objects create a ‘baked map’, or visual geological history of the area.