Title: Polarized portraits
Material: Polarized filters
’Polarized portraits’ uses polarized filters to highlight pieces of disposable plastic where the beauty of the optical effects stands in contrast to the environmental consequences of plastic waste.
’Polarized Portraits’ started out as a collaboration between Studio Kajsa Willner and professor Dmytro Orlov from Lunds University in a project where 10 designers and 10 material scientists were paired up to participate in the ’What Matter_s’ exhibition, first presented at Dutch Design Week 2018.
With a mutual fascination of physical phenomena and optical effects, the focus of the collaboration was narrowed down to a method widely used in material research; light polarization.
Willners exhibit is the result of research and exploration of the properties of polarized light – an optical phenomenon that occurs when waves of light oscillate in a single plane. The two pieces on display; ‘Fallen Planet’ and ‘Strip’, are large-scale reconstructions of polarized light microscopy, revealing the inherent stress and birefringence in the plastic under examination, creating colourful material portraits.