Nik Bentel on Designing Objects That Inform a Story


When is a pasta field not a pasta field?

To paraphrase Magritte, ceci n’est pas une pasta field: In reality, it’s a luxurious purse, crafted in leather-based, with a chunky, metallic chain. Launched in August as a part of a collection of month-to-month limited-edition releases, the bag, priced at $199, bought out in 5 minutes. For artist and designer Nik Bentel, the bag provided a technique to “create one thing thrilling from the mundane” – each within the sense of making the bag itself from its pasta-box origins, and for the numerous amongst us who returned to their cabinets to organize some model of pasta evening after evening throughout final 12 months’s lockdowns. “I believe this actually resonated with folks particularly as a result of everybody had picked up a field of pasta [during quarantine] and made some actually unhealthy pasta with it,” he says. “All in all, it was a extremely superb response.” At press time, a number of baggage from the 100-piece run had been out there on eBay, ranging in worth from $600 to a tidy $15,000. For the individuals who promote them on eBay, I hope they get the bang for his or her buck,” he says. ”So thanks to these folks as effectively.”

Additionally on this Milkshake, Nik talks to us in regards to the position of magnificence within the objects we love, and the way they purchase a way of story – the identical sense of narrative that underpins items he’s produced. His Botticelli Costume is impressed by the clothes worn by one of many minor goddesses within the Renaissance painter’s Start of Venus; this cotton gown, additionally produced in a run of 100, is almost bought out (search for one of many few remaining on his web site; sadly, a stunning, accompanying blanket, made in cashmere and embroidered with gold-tinted thread, is bought out). “Objects could be signifiers to previous reminiscences and experiences,” he says. “And whether or not that object was two cents, or a rock that you just discovered on the seashore and there’s 1000’s of others which might be prefer it, it doesn’t matter – if that object offers you an emotion that you just maintain pricey, it’s all of the extra vital that you’ve it in your house.”

Tune in to listen to which objects he retains near his coronary heart.



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Milkshake, DMTV (Design Milk TV)’s first common collection, shakes up the standard interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and trade professionals to pick interview questions at random from their favourite bowl or vessel. Throughout their candid discussions, you’ll not solely achieve a peek into their private homeware collections, but in addition priceless insights into their work, life and passions.

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