When we last checked in with Jolan Van der Wiel, the Dutch designer was mixing iron filings and plastic to cast gravity-shaped furniture. This spring Van der Wiel returned, with an exhibition showing the process of sculpting with clay mixed with iron filings. And it's bizarre.
The project is called Dragonstone — yes, just like the Game of Thrones castle — and it premiered at the Salone del Mobile in Milan this spring. The process is almost like 3D printing, in a very analogue sort of way: Using a thin-tipped pen, the sculptor applies the magnetic clay into the rough shape he's going for — then the magnetism does the rest, pulling and pushing bits of clay into place.