german design student anika engelbrecht has designed a series of vases called swell. these ceramic vases have huge holes. so normally, if you poured some water in them, these vases would leak. so in a way they loose their function by having these holes. balloons fill this holes and the vases retain their function of fl using a balloon as water storage.
I do not maintain that dutch designer els woldhek is running off the pictured chair design from 1981. this is just the perfect example of how form or shape is celebrating a comeback in design. again and again.
front cover domus magazine, 1981
he describes the project he was showing at the imm, cologne furniture fair, as follows: ..’extracting well-know elements from their usual context..’ – basically he reduced the well known plastic chair into outlines. the plastic chair is designer’s favourite right now:
berlin-based jerzy seymour has done a redesign for magis, 2004.
the swedish girls from front design covered it in leather, 2008.
dutch designer maarten baas designed a version made of wood, 2008. see here.
Belgian designer RaphaÃ«l Charles designed a carpet of mousse PE and felt pieces. The elements of the carpet look like black coal. Thrown together the soft pieces form a rug, which looks uncomfortable at first sight, but is probably a pleasure in use. Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of the whole carpet, but you can easily assume how the whole piece would like.
20/30 Tapis 2008
Diameter: 240 cm
Material: mousse PE, felt