Pillow Couch by Schimmel & Schweikle from the CrossFit Collection - 2019
DESCRIPTIONPillow couch (prototype) in white lacquer and green faux fur, developed at alfa.brussels. Schimmel & Schweikle is an ongoing collaboration between Janne Schimmel and Moreno Schweikle. Their work revolves around the nexus of technology, art and culture. In that realm Schimmel & Schweikle focus on developing concepts that deal with the closing gap of the digital and physical realm.
In their latest ´CrossFit ´ collection they use 3d modeling software to unite opposite forms of expression into non confirmatory objects. The strict lines of the modern-style furniture that the pieces are based on is emphasized by a shiny, lacquer-like finish achieved by coating the pieces in car paint, while the blob-like upholstery additions are finished in a soft artificial fur. Each piece is the result of a digital modelling experiment, which the designers have translated into a real object. The two chairs in Schimmel & Schweikle’s CrossFit series combine archetypal, Minimalist furniture designs with organic shapes, “morphing” them together to create new forms. Resulting in a dualistic form of expression that challenges the need for an uncontaminated narrative.
The third piece in the collection features a standard desktop computer combined with green, fur pillows, and is intended to sit on the floor of a living room. The way the computer has become so intertwined with our lives cannot be ignored. That’s why the ´CrossFit Computer ´ pulls itself from the dark desk corners where it usually lives and gives itself the more prominent role it deserves in our households. In a way it is a token to the design mythology of the designers who always aims to investigate the role the digital world plays in our everyday lives. A new addition to their ´Return To Default ´ collection is also presented. ´Return To Default ´ focuses on the archetypal chairs that are found in the office, with each design manipulated in 3D software to create stretched, expanded or multiplied forms. They show a new version of an oversized conference chair, one with a lamp integrated into its body at an unusual angle, reflecting some of the ideas developed in the CrossFit pieces. The chair is coated in a leathery finish.
Wood, PU-foam, Faux fur & Car paint
W 242 cm, D 135 cm, H 87 cm
Continental US€ 1700
Rest of worldPrice upon request
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