A chair made to look like knitted wool is made from polypropylene cord. A part of the chair is heated to cause the cord to shrink and harden. Due to the knit of the material, the whole structure pulls itself together, making it more rigid. The constructive shell of the chair takes form, whilst the seating area remains untreated, so therefore pliable & soft. As only one material is used in the chair’s construction, it is easy to produce & easy to recycle.
Monoknit Chair « Kathy Ludwig & Florian Kräutli.
Able to take on any shape or form, these curtains are embedded with hundreds of evenly dispersed magnets into a grid of folds. The fabric is then able to be manipulated into any chosen form or silhouette.
Magnetic Curtain by Florian Kräutli | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles.
These stools are made by folding fabric that is impregnated with cement, then soaking it in water until the cement mix hardens. The material consists of cement layered between fabric & a PVC backing. Once saturated, is can be manipulated before hardening, allowing time to sculpt into the desired form. The finished product retains the soft appearance of folded fabric, but is fireproof , waterproof & strong enough to sit on.
Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid | Design Milk.
Textile Field by Bouroullec Brothers – INDESIGNLIVE | Architecture, Design and Interiors | News, Projects, Products and Events.
By no means a new material, but a new & innovative way of utilising an existing one. Created by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec in conjunction with textiles manufacturer Kvadrat for the London Design Festival, the ‘Textile Field’ is an enormous installation. Developed for the Raphael Gallery to allow visitors to better interact with the large artworks, the padded textile structure enables people to lie & sit comfortably whilst viewing the gallery.
Interior Design has named Esti Barnes’ Esquire rug for the Top Floor Expressions collection “Best Rug of the Year” for 2007. Made from wool, this hand-tufted rug was inspired by a scrunched up piece of paper.
Leather wall by Studioart
In 2001 Ilona Huvernaars and Alissia Melka-Teichroew were asked by a gallery in The Netherlands to present a setting for an exhibition called “The grass is always greener on the other side”. This is when ideas formed to design products that were contrary to their nature. A tree trunk is not a luxury object, a lamp using electricity is not a product extracted from nature. Is the grass really greener on the other side? Is it really better to have a stool that is all wet from the rain a couple of hours before? Or maybe it would be nice to have this same object but in another colour, a nice bright colour maybe?
via emmas designblogg – design and style from a scandinavian perspective.