Dutch designer David Derksen paid homage to scientist James Dewar who invented the thermos flask by creating a collection of vases and lamps that refer isolating container design: two walls of glass sandwiching a thin layer of silver to reflect the heat.

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These relatively complex parts that can be found in everyday coffee flask were the inspiration for this project.” Says David Derksen to Archipanic. “The collection is the first outcomes from a continuing investigation into the beauty, form and manufacturing techniques found in scientific glassware. Indeed, Laboratory glassware designs have a very specific and formal language”  .

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All vessels and instruments start as glass tubes that are reshaped on lathes under extreme heat. Rubber parts are often used to connect the various instruments or to seal the vessels. Acting as a malleable and gentle buffer for the glass, the material combination is both functional and aesthetically beautiful. This contrast of materials formed the starting point for this investigation.

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www.davidderksen.nl – All photography and styling by Camille Cortet