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Lace Fences

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Most of us regard fences as utilitarian, industrialized objects designed to separate: that space is yours, this space is mine. Keep out! But what if it wasn't so? What if the fences that separate us, emphasized beauty instead of utility? Is it possible to turn something so inherently functional into an object of art?

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For the design team Demakersvan, the answer to that question is an unequivocal “yes.” Created by dutch designer Joep Verhoeven as his graduate project for Design Academy Einhoven, Lace Fence is a take-off of the industrial chain-link fences that often surround storage facilities and fields used for sporting events; an object so ubiquitous it tends to disappear unnoticed into the background.

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Verhoeven replaced the PVC-coated steel wire usually used to create these fences with a more malleable plastic-coated copper wire, and used traditional dutch lace-making patterns to change an object symbolic of industrial industry into one of personal, home-made beauty. Part of Demakersvan's stated mission is to combine the “sensitive and small” with the industrial, and I'd say their Lace Fence has succeeded. In a cold industrialized world, it's nice to be reminded that even an every day object can also be a thing of beauty. MR

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Images courtesy of Demakersvan, with photography by Raoul Kramer, Bas Helmers,  and Hans van der Mars 

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  • William Wallace

    September 9, 2009

    Something mundane and boring has been turned into something that looks cool.

  • Jenny

    November 9, 2008

    This is cool! Must get pliers now..

  • Bunny got Blog

    November 9, 2008

    I like this.
    But I couldn’t imagine trying to do it as a home project.

  • otilius

    October 13, 2008

    fun fences, to be sure!

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