Odd Matter is a a design studio driven by material exploration and concept. By working with existing processes but focusing on unseen, unknown or unwanted elements their aim is to create a different kind of product, unique and specific to the place they originate from. Taking traditional copper plating techniques as their starting point, stained glass panels are held in place by 'grown' copper strips which are immersed overnight in a copper plating bath.
Given the use of glass as one of their key materials, Odd Matter's collaboration with Vessel Gallery to mark this collection is hardly a surprise. Forming part of a constant exhibition within the Notting Hill space's Vessel Editions programme, the very aptly named OverNight is one of the most alluring and fascinating we have seen.
Though many of us are probably more than aware of Vessel Gallery, exactly who are Odd Matter? The design firm is fronted and partnered by Els Woldhek (Dutch) and Georgi Manassiev (Bulgarian) who are currently living and working in London having met whilst undertaking their MA studies in the Design Products department at The Royal College of Art. Their common interest in the borders of creation, process and material has put them on a shared path. One that seeks to create products more true and telling of their creation and ‘will’.
The beautiful and unique collection of lamps from OverNight brings together stained glass and copper as a traditional combination where metal is used to frame and set the stained glass panels. By exploiting the use of electro plating instead of laborious soldering and allowing the copper to form where needed, a whole new method of creating the supportive frame is achieved.
The creative process begins with the edges of the glass being painted with a conductive paint. These panels are then taped together and immersed overnight in the copper plating bath. It is during these twilight hours that the copper literally grows, knitting the sides together to form a perfectly secure, tight fitting frame.
The process also affects the copper’s appearance, creating one of a highly unpredictable nature. Smooth flat lines are transformed to have an effervescent and lustrous form of surface decoration. Each piece takes on a life of it’s own resulting in no two ever being the same.
As part of an ongoing programme of Vessel Editions, working with studio artists, the OverNight range of lighting offers endless possibilities to be personalised and developed for individual projects.
Vessel Gallery, 118 Kensington Park Road, London W11; vesselgallery.com