graved grids

Elvis Wesley is a character which was conceived and previously only existed in the digital realm. De Boer’s Berlin-based studio breathes the process of gestaltung – the German word for ‘design’ – into Elvis Wesley’s world by turning two dimensional orthogonal patterns into a 3D framework in his project Graved Grids. The conversion manifests as grid-like structures which take conceptual cues from engraved objects characteristic of medieval times, albeit fabricated with laser cut sheet materials in modern day. Through de Boer’s prior use of paper, the gridded forms expressed a delicate aesthetic but the latticed structures take a sturdier turn as he swaps out paper for solid MDF. The material exchange enables the designer’s ongoing conceptual process to jump to the next step.