Inspired by origami, Fractal looks through creases and folds to create a flexible surface that adapts to our body and our activities in a quick and simple way.
The presence or absence of "nervations" allows the product to challenge the main characteristics of the material, making them rigid or flexible.
It revalues the concept of floor seating, mainly lost in western culture, and yet something so instinctive for children. We grow so used to using solid furniture that our bodies loose the capacity to hold itself comfortably and depend exclusively on them.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Fractal challenges the concepts of contemporary furniture in order to create a more flexible and transforming alternative, that connects better with the user and moves them towards a floor level seating that generates new space configurations.
It is a square shape felt seat that does not include any reinforcements or extra support, just with its technology it can support our body when resting.
It allows many uses: as a pouf, a seat, a chaise long, and as it is a module it can be assembled with others to create many different room configurations.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Fractal is designed for small homes, where there are never too many seating space. This module allows for a new way of configuring the living space, creating an origami like terrain where to seat, sleep, hide and rest.
Inspired in origami, the seat starts by a square shape that can unfold a transformable back rest, that supports and surround our body tightly but adjusting to ourselves. This back support can be used completely unfolded (for taller people) or folded down (for smaller people or for a more upright position). When folded down, it provides a stronger backrest and armrests at sides. If used unfolded it provides a support for the head wrapping the user into a more intimate cocoon. The cushion can be unfolded frontwards to create a chaise long, bringing us closer to the ground. You can use this version with either position of the backrest, or even crinkle it up to shape up a pillow for a small nap.
These are just basic ways of using Fractal, but there is no wrong way, the idea is that each of us can adjust it to our comfort, either to create a more straight and lower back rest or a flexible blanket to cover us while taking a nap.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project started in November 2012 in Montevideo and finished in December 2013 in Montevideo.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
100% industrial wool felt 3mm, Gluing adhesive.
Three colors: white bone, grey and charcoal black.
Production is same as in tapestry, the material is cut and stitched to shape the cushion. The backrest is cut and a second layer of felt is glued to make this part thicker, but allowing gaps in between to create the creases and folds.It also implements techniques from shoemaking, which gives strength to the material and releases the tension on the stitchings.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 550 mm x Depth 550 mm x Height 200mm
Floor, Seat, Felt, Transformable, Origami
The challenge was to develop a seat made entirely out of textile material, without any extra support. I studied many designs that that used textile backrest, but all used hidden reinforcement. Finding the technology that allowed the material to become stronger only by itself was difficult.
The solution was to create an absent nerving that maintained the flexibility of the material and allowed it to fold completely, as when folded is when it becomes stronger.
The other challenge was to make it adaptable for all body heights. This is when origami inspiration worked best, as the back rest could fold in or out to adjust to all positions and heights.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Andrea Kac, 2013.