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Aluminium, Gel Climsel PCM (Water, Salt hydrates)
Discarded Ingots is a series of aluminum art pieces transforming the identity of an industrial machining waste into functional ornaments.
By focusing on the collection of a repetitive discarded aluminum elements, “Discarded Ingots” questions the value of a mass produced waste and introduce an analog solution to an industrial problem.
Baptiste Comte uses the systemic waste to mimic and scale up the geometry of a computer component, the heat sink and highlights its properties to regulate heat in a room. By creating covers for architectural products , the excess of heat is absorbed, stored, and released when the temperature cools by incorporating a phase change material that melts above 21ºC, and solidifies below it, releasing heat back into the room.
With a focus on aluminum’s conductivity and its reflectivity, this work is an attempt to revise our perception for industrial resources by redefining its identity; transforming those items being only mechanical to a more evocative level as architecture jewelries.
Each element is polished by hand and the back support is anodized with a natural color of aluminum.
144 x 52 x 8 cm
The Art piece is part of a research project and will not be as effective as all the artworks together.
Heavy pieces, handle them with care. Try to carry them by holding the support board to avoid finger prints.
is a designer graduated from Design Academy of Eindhoven. Combining an analytical disciplined skill from previous law studies and an empirical approach from the design realm, his practice is balanced between a strong sense of observation paired with a creative and playful approach. Baptiste gradually sees design as a medium to manifest the link between thoughts and matters within a specific context. In his design process, he focuses on revealing new responses beyond overlooked material properties through an intuitive and thoughtful investigation.
Throughout a game of structure and dynamism, he tries to stretch the potential of a material letting its simplicity emerges : he strongly believes that beauty hides into details, waiting for their value to be discovered throughout already known properties. Baptiste’s work balances between the functional and the emotional experience that a design can create around forms or tactility ; searching for an emotional and/or sensorial interaction with the piece.