Design can be too focused on a primary function, not challenging the user, but simply providing a solution..We wished to create and trigger a direction of thought instead of providing an answer, to challenge people to interact and develop their own opinions, solutions and answers.”

Informed by natural habitats and processes, the creative duo OrtaMiklos’ experimental approach activates their design works from existing norms. OrtaMiklos’ process originates in improvisation and spontaneity, with many of their ideas beginning in guerrilla performances.

Leo Orta (b. 1993, Paris) and Victor Miklos Andersen (b. 1992, Kalundborg) formed OrtaMiklos in 2015 while studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Since its establishment OrtaMiklos has drawn inspiration from a wide variety of references, such as body movements and contortion, graffiti, and animation. Utilizing ad hoc sculpting and coloring processes, the duo employs materials spanning from electronic waste to widely available construction supplies like concrete and wood pulp.  

“We have defined our way of working as ignorant design, forcing our work to be unaware of ongoing trends, colour themes or material values. People may feel at ease to place it here or there, it’s not made for a specific place or group. We always thought that being free from these frames and borders was a good way to explore and have fun in our making,” says OrtaMiklos.

Their collaborations include projects with London-based menswear designer Kiko Kostadinov on his first permanent space at Dover Street Market, London menswear Martine Rose and with curator Hans Ulrich Obrist on staging a multidisciplinary performance as part of Reference Berlin Festival

OrtaMiklos has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally; such as in Icebergs In Progress at Museo Marino Marini in Florence, Foncteur d’oubli at Le Plateau Frac Ile-de-France, and at the Kleureyck: Van Eyck’s Colors in Design at Design Museum in Ghent in 2020, which will be travelling to Le Tripostal in Lille in 2021. Recently, they collaborated with digital artist Janis Melderis, composer Amédée De Murcia, and writer Richard Johnston Jones to realize a virtual occupation of the Temple of Dendur installed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art entitled Temple of Confinement (2020).

Leo Orta and Victor Miklos Andersen separated from OrtaMiklos in 2021 to develop their individual studio practices. 



Stark Effekt, 2021

Fiber reinforced polyester, paint, UV lacquer
30 x 106 x 46.5 inches
77 x 269 x 118 cm

Coral Ghost, 2021

Cardboard pulp, wood, paint, lacquer
72 x 71 x 41 inches
183 x 180 x 105 cm

The Thinker, 2021

Fiber reinforced polyester, paint, UV lacquer
45 x 96 x 34 inches
115 x 244 x 86 cm

Sunset Phenomena, 2020

Resin, fiberglass, eps, acrylic paint, fluorescent paint, UV lacquer
Dining table and ten chairs, overall:
36.5 x 175 x 80.75 inches
92.5 x 445 x 205 cm

4400: Aske, 2021

Steel, powder coating, foam, rubber and pigment
41.75 x 22 x 41 inches
106 x 56 x 104 cm

Dripping Table, 2020

Steel frame, plexiglass, fiberglass, polyester, pigments, paint
30.25 x 55.25 x 41 inches
77 x 140 x 104 cm

Electric Wave Chair, 2020

Steel, concrete, pigments, fibers, electric cable, lacquer
46.75 x 27.5 x 23 inches
118.7 x 69.9 x 58.4 cm

Cobra Fever Coffee Table, 2020

Resin, eps, fiberglass, plexiglass, acrylic paint, 22 carat gold and silver leaf, UV lacquer
18.25 x 48 x 33.5 inches
46.5 x 122 x 85 cm


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