Kantele a Vase in Corian

I was asked to translate an object significant to my culture (in this case Finnish) into a unit of ‘vegetal attraction’. As for the material I was provided with Corian directly from DuPont. The whole project was supposed to be realized in this material.

Kantele as an instrument plays a significant role in finnish mythology. It is a small 5-stringed harp most famously known from the national epos Kalevala. Runelord Väinämöinen used to play this instrument and tantalized both friend and foe with the soft melodies. Through the distraction provided by the music Väinämöinen was able to strike and defeat his enemies. I wanted to incorporate this dualistic nature of Väinämöinen into the product, being a runelord and warrior both at the same time.

Like in 3d images or films where you overlay two flat images to create a stereographic image I tried how it would work with an object. I took Väinämöinen’s two personalities and represented him as a runelord with layers of flowing curves and the warrior part of him through sharp spears.

Looking at this vase from the front and at 90 degrees will create the illusion of a two seperate flat objects. Looking at it from any other angle will create a morphed blend of the two dimensional shapes.