Journal #9

Emil, mobile collection

Being big fans of the kinetic creations of Calder and Ray, we thought about experimenting with geometric shapes that distort the viewer’s perception. The word kinetic means relating to motion, we have been incorporating movement into our collection by designing an artwork consisting of two black melamine circles in different sizes and a paper rectangle.

The origins.
The meaning of the term “mobile” as applied to sculpture has evolved since it was first suggested by Marcel Duchamp in 1931 to describe the early, mechanized creations of Alexander Calder. At this point, “mobile” was synonymous with the term “kinetic art”, describing sculptural works in which motion is a defining property. While motor or crank-driven moving sculptures may have initially prompted it, the word “mobile” later came to refer more specifically to Calder’s free-moving creations. Influenced by the abstract work of Piet Mondrian, Joan Miró and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Calder in many respects invented an art form where objects are connected by wire much like a balance scale. By the sequential attachment of additional objects, the final creation consists of many balanced parts joined by lengths of wire whose individual elements are capable of moving independently or as a whole when prompted by air movement or direct contact.

We have designed the Nora mobile partly to explore the possibilities of movement, partly to introduce the element of time, partly to create an element of decoration and partly to explore the nature of vision. With the slightest breeze the mobile moves gently, creating new shapes each time. Nora Mobile is handmade-to-order and, as such, it may take up to four weeks to produce. It just means that your piece is one of a kind.