Belgium / Israel
Based in Antwerp, Studio DO is a stone cutting atelier founded by Dana Seachuga and Octave Vandeweghe. Driven by their affection for stone cutting, they research the material and cultural role of (gem)stones within the realm of functional objects.
Ideas often come to existence after recognising the beauty of a technical action and its mundane result. Thus traces and faults of the raw material and the making process are kept, or even enhanced, and often play an aesthetic role within the final object. The interventions generate basic forms, and give way to a fated function. The outcome showcases the relationship between the chosen object and the rough material it is made from. They seek the reciprocal relationship between stone and (varied) objects by carefully balancing between aspects such as heritage, function, aesthetics and the potentiality of a found raw material. The results are objects adorning the body and interior environment in various manners. Their budding project ‘Gemma Ex Lapide’ explores the core relationship between stones and jewellery, while it also bridges between body and space. The new ‘Vessel’ objects initiate and showcase their wider fascination for stone in the terrain of domestic objects.