WHAT A FLOP
Reach out and touch these designs – the
solid shapes aren’t what they seem!
A SURPRISE IS IN STORE WHEN YOU REACH OUT AND TOUCH THESE DESIGNS – THE SOLID SHAPES AREN’T WHAT THEY SEEM!
Wouldn’t it be great if your chair could react to your every touch, moulding itself to and cradling your body when you move instead of you adapting to its one-size-fitsall form? Driven by enhancing comfort and cosiness, designers have created pieces with soft, pliable materials that might look surprisingly solid – until they move!
Designed by Harry Owen, the Joynt chair by Lago provides such an unexpected surprise: A section of the chair back is made of rubber and allows the seat to bend backwards with the sitter.
Also by Lago, the Colletto bed, designed by Nusa Jelenec and Lago’s inhouse team, turns the sleeping zone into an all-embracing space thanks to a high-tech, stretchy frame that can be rolled up or down like a turtleneck, opening or closing the space off as desired.
GET TACTILE WITH THESE
SOLID-LOOKING SHAPES THAT
Bringing this concept further, young German designer Thomas Schnur’s Rubber Lamp and Rubber Table are made of moulded silicone and, unless put in place perfectly, a little wobbly on foot. With these soft forms, a solid shape that stands on its own is becoming less of a necessity, as in the case of Raw Edges’ Kenny chair for Moroso, which consists of a simple pocket of padded fabric fixed to a fourlegged oak frame.
Taking the call of flexibility and fun to the extreme, the Float Table by New York’s Rock Paper Robot has a matrix of wooden bricks that appears to levitate upon initial inspection. Place a cup on the table or brush by it, and it bounces. The secret: Magnets and a grid of steel cables hold the bouncy table in place – and will make your knees go weak too with delight!
A rubber joint in Harry Owen’s Joynt chair for Lago yields to the sitter’s pressure for comfort. above The mattress in Nusa Jelenec’s Colletto bed is wrapped in a rollable soft-foam band.
Thomas Schnur’s Rubber Table stays in place thanks to the suction cups on its five feet. above The Rubber Lamp has a distinct advantage: It never breaks!
The seat of the Kenny chair by Moroso is made from a single loop of metal mesh, a thin piece of foam and fabric from Kvadrat.
The Float table appears to defy gravity thanks to its magnetised design. Benjamin Hubert’s hammock-like Cradle chair for Moroso has a flexible netting mesh for its back.