From a lamp, through a wooden piggy bank, to visualizations for music, Ebert creates designs that seem to have originated in an inventors laboratory.
In 2012 Marcin Ebert graduated with distinction in Industrial Design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. As a student he attended the experimental workshop PG 13 led by Tomek Rygalik. Ebert used to work at Studio Rygalik and at the creative studio KotBury.
Presently he co-runs the Ebert Brothers Bureau (www.ebert.pl). It is a place, where inventions, unique products, effective event services and audiovisual works are created. Combining a technical and an artistic sense, together with his brothers he designs and creates things that give people joy. Lamp-Table / Lampostolik may serve as an example – a plein air piece of furniture, a hybrid of a table and a lamp. Thanks to the integrative atmosphere Lamp-Table creates, this piece of furniture attracts people like a bonfire. Lamp-Table is meant for small celebrations as well as big events – for which you can set up a number of Lamp-Tables. Fotomat is another social design created by the bureau Ebert runs. This device offers the fun of making flashy photos of oneself, which are displayed on a large screen right after being taken.
Before he opened the family business he created a large portfolio as a freelancer. The objects he designed are characterized by cleverness and a jaunty sense of humour. From a lamp, through a wooden piggy bank, to visualizations for music, Ebert creates designs that seem to have originated in an inventors laboratory.
He works on old-fashioned objects, playing with their forms and functions. He addresses slightly forgotten retro topics, giving them a youthful feel and a place in contemporary every-day reality. He gave the Meal Bell / Dzwonek na posiłek the simple form of a white dome with delicate ornaments which brings to mind designs of tableware manufactured in communist Poland.
The set for photos Catch the Frames / Łap ramki uses the idea of a genealogical tree. Elements of the set are joined by links that suggest family ties. The rather massive wooden frames contrast with the delicate strings of the links. The whole is an intriguing composition, the final shape of which may be formed by the user.
When Ebert was creating Piggy Bank he simplified the well-known shape of a typical piggy bank, reducing this shape to a wooden box, or more precisely to two combined elements suggesting the shape of a piglet. Piggy Bank won a special award at the competition Śląska Rzecz. The money box was given a minimalistic but recognizable shape which humorously refers to the shapes traditionally associated with money boxes: the round wedge that closes the box and the loop that protrudes from the rear part are playfully reminiscent of a snout and a tail. Two combined Piggy Banks (owned by two different people or containing savings for different purposes) can show which of the money boxes contains more money, the lighter one goes up. The production of Piggy Banks is a socially engaged process: the piglets are made by homeless people.
Marcin Ebert’s portfolio includes also original lamps. His work on original lamp designs involves experimenting with quite surprising materials. The lanterns-candles providing atmospheric light were made from leaves that envelop a candle hidden inside. As a result an ecological and also strongly poetical product was created. On the other hand Termolamp / Termolampa plays with the concept of a lamp with a lampshade. This old-fashioned concept which could have well been taken from a sleeping room of a senior woman turns into a design that’s more than contemporary, this design is futuristic. The lampshade which has a strongly wavy form is made from thermal insulation foil, which gives the product a feel of an object taken from a science fiction movie.
Apart from designing functional objects Ebert also practices a certain kind of alchemy – together with his brother he creates visualizations for music. Fluidations / Fluidacje combine aesthetic and musical elements and are based on chemical and physical knowledge about the behaviour of fluids. Using appropriate temperatures, colours and combinations of fluids the Ebert brothers create original animations. Ebert uses a fluidscope, a tool he invented and designed, to create his analog visualizations.
On the occasion of the exhibition Coming Out presenting the best diploma works of the students of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, Marcin Ebert summed up his explorations: “I’m interested in activities situated between design and other fields, such as art or science. This results in activities that are a consequence of searching for people with various experiences. The project Fluidations might serve as an example. This project is a result of the collaboration of a physicist, chemist, electrician, constructor, electronics specialist and designer. I find inspiration in natural materials, physical and chemical phenomena and in the possibility of using the beauty of these phenomena”; (www.comingout2012.asp.waw.pl/).
Selected Exhibitions and Awards:
2009 – the scholarship of Kunsthochschule Berlin (Weißensee) – Hochschule für Gestaltung.
2010 – the Śląska Rzecz special award for Piggy Bank
2012 - Coming Out, Best Diploma Works of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
2014 – the Młoda Polska scholarship of the National Centre for Culture
2014 – the Make Me award at the Łódź Design Festival
Author: Agata Morka, October 2014