Pebble Outdoor Sofa by Mattice Boets

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Pebble

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Outdoor Sofa

INSPIRATION:
After many years, pebbles are formed by flowing through water and colliding with other rocks. Pebbles have this unexplainable urge to touch and feel them. While they look soft on the outside, they are rock-hard to the core. What if we could capture these tactile qualities of pebbles, the need to touch and feel them, and transform them into a piece of outdoor furniture?

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Pebble is an outdoor sofa made from white-grey cork. It consists of various pebble-like cushions that perfectly fit together. The sofa can be left outdoors permanently and is resilient against natural weathering. It can be enjoyed out in the sun during any time of the year. The design translates the tactility of pebbles, the urge to feel and touch, into a pebble-like composition that everyone can experience.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
It takes the idea of a pebble back to its roots; they were once formed by colliding with other rocks through the flow of water. Now, they form a static yet perfectly balanced composition. All cushions are slightly angled making any rainfall drop off its surface. The use of cork is a premier in outdoor furniture. It allows the complex organic design of Pebble to be made with ease, is lightweight allowing the sofa to be moved easily, and it shows the potential of using cork beyond just indoor use.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was designed in November 2021 in Hasselt, Belgium, and was completed in February of 2022.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The sofa is made from white-grey cork that is CNC milled. A bio-coating is applied on top of the cork for additional durability against natural weathering. Each of the pieces is made individually and then assembled using wooden connections.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The sofa is 220 cm x 68 cm x 77 cm. The seating area is reclined at 16 degrees with a total seating angle of 111 degrees. This provides a relaxed and slightly laid-back seating position. The positions of the cushions allow people to sit comfortably in various ways on the sofa. As seen from the top view, three people can sit on the sofa at the same time, each with their own little spot. The largest spot is in the middle, with the two smaller ones on each side of the sofa.

TAGS:
Pebble, sofa, outdoor, Mattice, Boets, design, outdoors, cork, white, stone

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Inspired by the tactility of pebbles, this sofa attempts to translate these qualities into a piece of furniture. Up to this point, cork had only been used indoors for acoustics, insulation and sometimes even furniture. However, cork is not limited to indoor use only. It is perfectly capable of being used outdoors with a simple bio-coating. No matter what season it is, the bio-coating will provide the necessary protection for a durable design.

CHALLENGE:
Finding a suitable composition of several cushions was challenging. We had to make sure the sofa was structurally well-balanced, aesthetically pleasing, and manufacturable while making sure everything together formed a comfortable sofa.

ADDED DATE:
2022-03-28 23:54:05

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Mattice Boets, 2021.

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyrights belong to Mattice Boets, 2022.

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.matticeboets.com
CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Mattice Boets

PROFILE:
Mattice Boets is an award-winning Belgian designer and artist working at the intersection of design, sculpture, and digital art. Inspired by nature’s intelligence and logic, Mattice sculpts his work to its pure essence using state-of-the-art technologies. A design language that is visible in nearly everything he creates.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Pebble Outdoor Sofa by Mattice Boets is a Nominee in Furniture Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Pebble Outdoor Sofa by Mattice Boets is Winner in Furniture Design Category, 2021 - 2022.



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