Elliot Bastianon is a maker of material things based in Canberra, Australia. Graduating in 2012 from the Australian National University with a BA/BVA (Honours), he has a diverse material palette and attempts to extrapolate the most from everyday things around him; often combining materials in ways that he hopes will direct his practice down a path not often taken. Bastianon views furniture as anything but utilitarian, it’s an apparatus of communication, a tool to deliver a message or encourage a different way of seeing the world.
In 2002, the Australian textiles company Woven Image released a new product—EchoPanel. A soft, semi-rigid fibrous board that is constituted entirely of PET, polyethylene terephthalate, sixty percent of which is post-consumer waste sourced from recycled soft drink containers. The company stated in their press release that the product is an 'effective replacement for textile covered tiles in workstation systems and as lighter, more flexible and highly recyclable wall panelling partitioning systems.'
In Bastianon’s mind the idea that this new sheet material would be targeted to find its primary use in the most banal of applications—wall panelling—seemed a profound waste; a boring existence for something that has the potential to be so much more. This led to his creation of ‘Persuasion’, part of the Ori series.
Persuasion is an object that has been folded entirely into form using a single sheet of EchoPanel®. Structure is created through the repetitive ‘V-pleat’ folding pattern, rigidifying the material and allowing it to act as something more than an office pin-board. Reclaimed timber beams provide additional strength across the horizontal surface. These create a stark contrast between organic and artificial…traditional and non-traditional. The bespoke stainless steel hardware adds a degree of finesse, which is enhanced by the subtleties of the electric blue rivets.
At its most fundamental level, Persuasion shows what a material is capable of doing, rather than what it simply does.