cold-rough-anger – research based form study


This was a university project. The task was to make a 30×30 cm form study based on three keywords. Out of the three keywords, the first had to be a physical characteristic, the second a human attitude and the third an emotion. My keywords were: Cold, Rough, Anger



My research consisted of three phases: The linguistic research and definition of the concepts, the collection and analysis of the natural and industrial analogies relating to the concepts and the semantical systematization of the forms.

Physical characteristic: Cold

Definition: Significantly lower temperature than the human body. Causes stinging, waspy, sharp, frosty feeling when sensed.

Natural, industrial (objects and buildings) and art (sculptures) analogies were collected. The feeling of coldness in nature and in industry is due to edges and completely plain surfaces, to peaked, thin and intent forms and also due to crystal-like fragmented, sharp form


Human attitude: Rough

Definition: Ignoring polite formalities when socializing, often undisguised and thoughtless, sometimes rudely honest.

The number one natural analogy was inspired by the design of stones and rocks: lumpish, broken, rough, blockish forms. Concerning surfaces these are corroded, unattended, fragmented, harsh surfaces:


Emotion: Anger

Definition: the moment of bursting with fury and pent-up aggression.

One of the formal analogies is the advent of fury in the animal kingdom: how the face distorts and what forms appear at the moment of fury. Secondly, the display of these in the world of fantasies and in the car industry. The other formal analogy is the presence of bursts and explosions: storms, volcano eruptions, sunbursts and forms of explosions. Moreover, the concept of how these are present in art:


The final sculpture

Cold: with stingy forms, straight edges and completely plain surfaces. Rough: lumpish, broken, blockish forms. Anger: the whole form consist of a body bursting out of an epicenter, like an explosion.


Designer: Alberto Vasquez

Photographer: Simon Hukaya

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