Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers
by Doreen Westphal
Eindhoven, April 2011 –
Press release: Doreen Westphal is proud to present at this yearʼs Salone Internazionale del Mobile
(12 to 17 April, 2011, Milan, Italy) Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers: a delicate, sculptural lamp, made from Ultra High Performance Concrete (Quantz), and based on the first weather forecast following the fall of Hosni Mubarak.
The lamp metaphorically presents Doreen Westphalʼs
vision uniting ecology and politics in strong esthetic
design. The lamp is part of the collection Concrete &
Detailed, which consists of ceramic concrete products all
made from Quantz.
Today one can no longer intuitively decide if a design is good or not, but one needs specialised knowledge of available production materials and assessment skills to monitor the impact of oneʼs own products. The collection Concrete & Detailed is made of the unique Quantz developed by G.tecz: a German leading company in concrete innovations. This concrete can be cast as fine Arabic script and is as strong and light as conventional ceramics. Next to this, the sustainability consultant Except has analyzed that producing a ceramic product from Quantz reduces the energy consumption in the production process by fifty times. Doreen Westphal is now able to use this material to make mid-price products accessible by those with a moderate budget. Westphalʼs lamp Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers is the forerunner for Concrete & Detailed. Its inspiration came from watching news broadcasts during February, 2011, and realising that the events in the Arab world were representative of many of the concerns of todayʼs designer. The authoritarian regimes that are now crumbling were empowered primarily by the Westʼs addiction to fossil fuels. This reliance produced not only the ecological, but also political imbalance in the world. Reducing energy consumption is therefore both an environmental and political statement. Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers of Doreen Westphal metaphorically brings all these lines together: poetically reflecting the uncertain, but hopeful future through the first weather forecast for Egypt after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, cast in concrete. In the weather forecast one reads: ʻone should guard the young crops against frost in the night,ʼ a reminder of the precarious state the world is in. Exhibition: Ventura Lambrate – Light Space, Milan, Italy, Part of Designersblock Show, 12-17 April, daily open from 12:00 till 20:00 All products and information available at doreenwestphal.com