Creative Fields: Industrial Design
Producer: Mohr Polster
Photography by Lucas Breuer.
Combining Algorithms-Aided Design and traditional craftsmanship to create „Windstärke 5“, a unique daybed with a water surface.
The daybed has its form rooted in Mohr Polster’s specialism, as well as their tranquil living and working habitats in Andelsbuch, Bregenzerwald. A floating geometric structure with a liquid leather surface serves as the piece’s main focus, this simultaneously references Bregenzerwald’s natural landscape but is also a stage that showcases Mohr’s innovative adaptation of technology in craft, only made possible by their experience and expertise.
Pöttinger and Mohr have worked very closely together, throughout both the design and manufacturing processes to arrive at the precise shape of the body–forming waves, which encourage the user to curl up and relax in their most organic forms.
The design places emphasis on continuous emotional balance. By transforming a liquid surface into a piece of flowing upholstery, the unique daybed works against the urge of self–optimization and induces a sense of diving into and embracing one’s own vulnerability.
The wooden base is muted, to provide a calming and meditative potential, while being sturdy enough to support the upholstered element. The leather was coloured by hand and individually choosen for every bed. The spring mattress was done by hand and finished with a CNC milled surface to create the liquid form.
Whether displayed in a public exhibition, or tucked in a corner of an office, the ataractic daybed transports the user to the serene environment of its origin.
Client: Mohr Polster
Creative Fields: Industrial Design, Color & Trim
The elegant room divider „Outside In“ becomes a space-dividing element for more privacy and comfort. In open spaces, „Outside In“ creates flexible work spaces that promote concentration and protected conversation.
„Outside In“ captures and interprets architectural motifs from classical alpine architecture. The product demonstrates new production techniques while appreciating tradition and spacial context. The series reflects the patterns of the facades of the alpine wood tiles in the interior of the building. Thus, the design is implemented on an architectural level and creates as a freestanding partition separate spaces for concentrated work. The individual modules can be put together to make whole room compositions which underline the structural framework and improve the room acoustics. The leather pieces are punched from whole skins, arranged to create as little offcuts as possible. With this manufacturing process, 10% more of the skin can be used, compared to leather work where the belly, shanks and the cheek parts are cut off.
Creative Fields: Industrial Design, Material Design
Partners: Tiya Dahyabhai & Andrew Richards
Overgrown Objects is an experimental furniture family made of knitted textiles. Knit is inherently stretchy; its physical properties have allowed us to naturally create a moldable fabric that questions its stability. By challenging the structural integrity of textiles, we have created a collection of self-supported knitted furniture pieces.
Whilst being influenced by organic forms, we began by trapping foam inside
of knitted elastic which allowed the soft material inside to inform the three dimensional shape of the fabric. Then by coating these forms in resin, the foam absorbs the liquid. As a result, the material hardens, creating a stable structure. Thus removing the need for any internal framework. With the aim being to create a collection of furniture pieces, it meant we could push the materials’ capabilities to challenge the notions of functionality within both textiles and conventional furniture.
By exploiting the versatile nature of knitted fabrics, we have constructed an invitingly tactile yet unfamiliar collection that embraces structure and form.
Creative Field: Furniture Design, Industrial Design
This experimental chair was created by wrapping up 80 meters of bioresin-drained marble wool around a cardboard construction. Building up upon a cardboard and resin basis the last layer celebrates itself with a soft finish.