Design Links: Soft Baroque, Anton Alvarez & Jenny Nordberg


Editor’s Note: This is part 34 in Emily Potts’ inspirational series, Design Links. Every other week she features three artists whose work offers fresh, fun, and stimulating creative inspiration. Each artist picks the next link—someone who personally inspires him/her. Check out the thirty-third part in the series, featuring Gizem Vural, Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao, and Jane Ormes.

Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao are inspired by …

Soft Baroque

Nic & Saša of Soft Baroque inspire us because they are rigorously inventive and supremely critical in their practice. Their forms are both explorative and refined, using material as a subject for discovery.

One project we love is Fireworks Chair. For this, a simple and small wood-constructed chair is filled with fireworks, set in a field, and ignited. It is a beautiful and violent gesture whose power lies in our almost innate understanding of the function of chairs. The piece is a temporarily kinetic sculpture, exploding our expectations of a chair, leaving us with a mischievous grin.


Another project we love is the Lenticularis Mirror. This is an oval mirror with a small opening funneling out steam onto the viewer and their reflection. We love how this plays with self-image and the environment. It is at once theatrical and elusive. When we look into it, it makes us feel like Lil’ Wayne. Or maybe like we just left the spa;)

Sasa and Nicholas are inspired by …

Anton Alvarez 

Anton has two sides: traditional industrial designer, creating precise and efficient production machines; and new-age craftsman manipulating the apparatus to make expedient and semi-chaotic objects. He often sets up a studio in a gallery and makes pieces over the course of a show, so they grow and develop to fill the space. Sometimes his works have to be cut into pieces to be removed. It is the contrast between the technical production and the artist’s drive to create that inspires us—the invention of a production system, a new craft process.



The Wrapping Machine is a circular portal that bounds materials with glue soaked thread. We like it because it is almost quite primitive. One can imagine an early human wrapping a stone to a stick to make a spear. Anton has taken it to extremes. Creating massive circles and arches, he makes this ‘architecture’ as a proof of concept. Maybe this is how we should be building houses?


Forever Sunset is a site where anyone can upload an image of a sunset onto the database. The images fade in and out indefinitely. It is like an open fire—mesmerizing and hypnotic—but it also brings to mind questions of digital representations of beauty and nature.

Anton Alvarez is inspired by …

Jenny Nordberg

Jenny is an industrial designer in Sweden who does exploratory projects that counter strategies to irresponsible mass production. She has great style and attitude!

The “3 to 5 Seconds – Rapid handmade production” is a really nice example of why I like her work. It’s fast, furious, raw, and unedited. I really like the candle holders from that project, and the video of when they are made is amazing.


For me, the mirrors that originate from her “3 to 5 project,” both reveal her attitude about making, and also gives a glimpse of the method of how a traditional mirror is made. I love the look of them! I need one in my life.

Tune in next time to see who inspires Jenny Nordberg!

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