PVCDesign

Joep Verhoeven Lace Fence

This project takes an everyday, factory-produced product that performs an important function yet is rarely considered, and reinvents it as a lovingly crafted object. The concept represents a reversal of the usual process of industrialisation, in which the culture of hand-made objects is gradually usurped by industrially manufactured products. It also asks why notions of beauty cannot be applied to banal objects.The idea, by young Dutch designer Joep Verhoeven, is based on the anonymous chain link security fences that are ubiquitous on industrial estates and sports grounds around the world. These are usually made of steel wire, which is woven into a continuous mesh by a process akin to giant-scale knitting, and then erected on posts.Working with PVC-coated copper wire, which is more malleable than steel, Verhoeven wove intricate patterns, inspired by traditional Dutch lace-making techniques, into the fence, creating a delicate screen of foliage and flowers. Thus, a product, that is a symbol of privacy, denial and even paranoia, becomes something celebratory and strangely domestic.

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