Isaac Monté | CRYSTAL ICONS

Crystal Series - The Making of

 

Isaac Monté has a fascination for unusual materials and an urge to master and manipulate these materials. He is a Belgian designer based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Isaac studied at art academies in Belgium, The Netherlands and Norway. His interest in product design developed at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, where he graduated as product designer in 2013.

 

The work of Isaac Monté has been shown in a variety of galleries and exhibitions in Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy and Germany. Isaac is lecturing and lea-ding workshops in various institutions, from the industry (IKEA) to art academies.

 

 

Monté was awarded The Threshold Price as most talented graduate in 2013, with his project "Filter Factory". In 2014 he was awarded the Henri Winkelman Award for young creative entrepreneurs in Rotterdam.

 

In 2015 he was announced as one of the recipients of the Bio Art and Design Awards. This award gave him the opportunity to design "The Art of Deception" in collaboration with Toby Kiers, Professor in Evolutionary Biology at the Free University in Amsterdam.

 

Education

 

2017 - 2018

 

Hogeschool Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Didactic Training Course

 

2010 - 2013

 

Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Product Design

Bachelor Degree (graduated Cum Laude)

 

2009 - 2010

 

LUCA, School of Arts, Gent, Belgium

Interior Architecture Exam

Master Degree (graduated Cum Laude)

 

2008 - 2009

 

National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, Norway

Interior Architecture Exam

Bachelor Degree (graduated Cum Laude)

 

2006 - 2008

 

LUCA, School of Arts, Gent, BelgiumInterior Architecture

 

Bachelor Degree

 

Awards

 

2015

Bio Art and Design Award, The Hague, The Netherlands (winner)

 

2014

Henri Winkelman Award, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (winner)

 

2013

Drempelprijs, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (winner)

 

2012

Ronald Maaskantprijs, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (nominee)

 

 

CRYSTAL

 

Our world is changing in a fast and significant way. Progress has been measured by increased speed and efficiency - faster, better, stronger. This has caused a shift in our perception of time. In our fast paced society time seems to fly, time has become a luxury product, time has become a currency.

 

In reality time has been passing at the same speed for ages. Nature can be seen as the opponent of today’s society. Natural processes are the proof of time. The ‘Crystal’ series is the result of research into stalagmites, one of the greatest wonders of nature.

 

The growing process of the objects can be seen as a metaphor for time. Each object is unique in shape, colour and texture, due to the organic development of the object. The objects are the result of the natural crystallization of minerals and the influence of the designer on the formation process. This process can take up to several weeks to obtain the perfect shape, interesting colour combinations and dimensions of crystals.

 

ECLIPSE

 

The Eclipse series consists of a lamp with a ring of metal, brass or aluminum with a layer of crystal. The LED lighting ensures that the crystal gets a solar glow, referring to the effect of a solar eclipse. The design can be attached to the wall as well as suspended from the ceiling.