Element by KAMP STUDIO
Element is a piece of functional sculpture and the culmination of Daniel Kamp’s 18-month-long project A Crude Coexistence. The artists creates one of a kind furniture by carefully composing large stones from Hong Kong island with metals fabricated on the industrial streets of Kowloon.
The particular stone used in Element was dislodged from one of Hong Kong’s iconic stone walls (potentially during the 2018 super typhoon Mangkuht). Saving the stone from waste collection, Kamp converted it into a piece of furniture using a single sheet of hot rolled steel, fabricated at a local machine shop. The geometry of the steel responds to that of the stone, to create a simple harmony of proportion between the two materials.
The resulting lounge chair is both product and sculpture - raw, simple and unapologetically heavy. Kamp views the piece as an ‘antidote to impermanence’. In the context of an ever-modernising Hong Kong and a dizzyingly transient world, Element offers a grounding sense of natural, solid, reality.
Hailing from New Zealand and based in Hong Kong, Daniel Kamp is a designer and artist with a practice spanning furniture, objects and interiors.
Kamp’s diverse projects are anchored by a consistent sculptural simplicity, characterised by minimal forms and unrefined materials. The designer sees this signature aesthetic as a result of his fascination with intersections - between art and design, object and space, nature and humanity.
At just 27 years of age, Kamp’s work has received awards and featured in important cultural publications all around the world, including Habitus, Elle and Design Boom. He has created and exhibited works throughout the Asia Pacific for gallery shows, commercial projects, and individual commissions. In addition to objects and spaces created for a specific purpose, many of Kamp’s pieces are made simply for exploration and expression.
In 2015 Kamp Daniel Kamp was awarded ‘Emerging Designer’ from the Designer’s Institute of New Zealand. The following year his project ‘Hideaway Chair’ won Platinum at the prestigious International A’Design Awards in Italy. In 2017 American Express named him one of 10 young designers to watch from around the world.