OH VOID! HOW TO AVOID THE VOID IN TECHNOLOGY
BY NETTA KRUMPERMAN
In 2004 The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam acquired a red and black Oh Void 2 chair, one of a limited edition of six, designed by Ron Arad and produced by Ernest Mourmans. It was the result of a request from Du PontTM, to apply Corian®, in production since 1967, in an innovative way. The design shows Corian®, a solid surface material, not as the generally applied furniture surface but as a laminated, solid mass.
After a touring exhibition, changes in the surface condition of the object, led to an interview with the producer, Ernest Mourmans. This resulted in a better insight into the production process of this particular design, giving material and technical information that might be connected to the condition of the object. It also provided the basis for first steps in a preliminary research.
The presence of steel pins in the laminate, remnants of the production process, and the wish to locate them, called for some tests. These were performed on surplus stock material from the original batch that Ernest Mourmans provided. Energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence spectrometry, and X-radiation tests were performed to see if the latter would be appropriate to localise the steel pins in the actual object.