Sebastian Amelung
Abschluss: 2011
Lebt in Kassel
Diplomprüfer
Prof. Jakob Gebert

Titel der Abschlussarbeit
Rundum Beton
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Rundum Beton

The project ‘rund um Beton‘ is about analyzing concrete and researching new production methods for this material. The goal is to develop novel ways that will give the raw synthetic stone a fresh face. The experiments are based on a special kind of concrete. The high density of this material allows create surfaces that are very even and comparable with ceramics. Common ballons stucked between wooden plates or lamellas become elastic membran molds for the experimental production of filigree hollow concrete bodies. The current project ‘like paper‘ is much based on the experiments of combining concrete and rotational molding.

Supported by German technologies and engineering concepts.
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Like Paper

What seems to be folded paper, is made out of slewed concrete. The lamps of the ‘like paper‘-series are an image of what we expect to be a paper-folded lampshade. Both its appearance and its haptics give concrete a new face and lead to believe it could be sensitive and malleable. The property of concrete, to precisely display the surface of the utilized formwork, is taken to advantage. As well as wood shapes the facade of bare concrete buildings, in this case paper empathizes with this part. Although the manufacturing folows certain paper paterns, the completed shades develop individuality through own edges, kinks and creases. Through this each object is unique. The lamp series ‘like paper‘ results and exists through distortion. While some lamps shine downwards by dangling from the ceiling, others lay exhausted on the table, the cabinet or the floor and gleam diffused in strange directions. Again others remain as table lamps without referring to any constructive support. The design not only fools our viewing habits by imitating other material properties, but it also with our common sense of dealing with light and room. ‘like paper‘ is not only placed in a room to illuminate it, but to stage it.

Supported by German technologies and engineering concepts.

photos © Minu Lee, Merlin Laumert
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a book box

The Project 'a book box' presents the beloved, yet long-not-read, book mounted to the wall. Framed and exhibited, it is presented with a new functionality. Opened, the book covers the contents inside. Closing the book opens the box. The book turns into a trap door that reveals a storage area or secret compartment. If interest in the book remains it is very easy to take the contraption of the wall and read the book, inside the box.

photos © Merlin Laumert
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floor lamp

‚a floor lamp‘ is based on the simple mechanism of a beam balance. A long beam cranes across the room and balances a lampshade on one side against a sandbag in the other. The sandbag can be moved manually into four positions weighing in different lighting situations.

photos © Minu Lee