Wesentliches- sein was man nicht ist

Vladimir Bessonov

Januar / January - 2018

Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar


The object representing the topic of my work is a bowl-shaped- cup. The typologie of a traditional russian handycraft called ''chochloma'' has been reinterpreted and is translating the main statement of my work into the anol form.

What is the Topic?

The digital revolution brings along new challenges to the design and the perception of our surroundings. While digital design- and manufacturing often seem to overwhelm our horizon of possibilities we still maintain a very clear vision of our needs towards analog forms. In my work i thematizie this conflict area while commenting on the developement and the purpose of the productdesigner in the modern age.

Why does it look like this?

After a thorough exploration of the traditional '' Chochloma '' handcraft and the history and importance of the bowl-cup in Asian culture, I combine the experiences of product design and digital manufacturing that I gained during my studies. A classical design process with experimental series and systematic shaping is followed by a digitization of the object. The material for the object, solid oak wood, is locally sourced and prepared for CNC machining. The manufacturing process at the CNC mill is manipulated in preparation and deliberately interrupted. The characteristic features of the tool become an essential design element.

What is special?

A functionally optimized form of the object as a vessel combines with an alternative manufacturing method that combines the advantages of digital and analogue productdesign in one object. This creates a unique surface structure that defines a new aesthetic, which provokes an active contact with the object and thus demands the essential in the relationship between man and thing.

What is new?

The use of targeted manipulation and disruption of digital production methods contrasts with hand-crafted perfection. While digitization attempts to eradicate the '' mistake '' in order to guarantee perfection at all times, craftsmanship becomes a value through the very traces of the craftsmen. The object reverses these methods and opposes them in its interior and exterior.