I believe material is a key element in design; it is the essential mean of presenting the object. I was overwhelmed with the juxtaposition of materials in the design of the stool called “Stitching Concrete” by an industrial design graduate called Florian Schmid (http://www.florian-schmid.com/). This project offers a revolutionary idea which takes the flexibility of concrete into a new level; the ability to stich it!! The truth is we must eventually develop new techniques of construction and this project is a perfect example of the “right direction”. I definitely think the technique offers infinite potential in form making not only in industrial design but also architecture. This is the future!!!
“These stools are made by folding fabric that’s impregnated with cement then drenching it in water. It consists of cement layered between fabric and a PVC backing. Once soaked it can be manipulated for a few hours before hardening. A wooden mould supports it while drying within 24 hours.”
Great inspiration feeds great design. Snoopy the favorite cartoon character of our childhood has inspired two Danish Designers known as Boris Berlin and Aleksej Iskos (http://www.iskos-berlin.dk/) to design comfortable and beautiful sofas known as “Snoopy”. The simplistic design consists of two elements; the horizontal piece (seat) and the vertical back piece which raps around the horizontal element; resembling the beautiful oval ears of Snoopy. Beside the formal inspiration the designers aimed to “ to design a compact but comfortable “family” of sofas that harked back to classic soft furniture styles – especially to the post WW2 period”. This piece clearly reflects the philosophy of its designers qouted below:
““We see design as an art of storytelling. This story is normally quite complex, consisting of semantics, morphology, materiality, technology of objects and many other elements. But the clearer your story is, the more likely people are to understand it. The more surprising you make your story, the more likely they are to remember it. And finally the more you make people smile, the more likely they are to love it!”