offsets

a collection of objects where each piece
is dependent on the last

  • year 2017

  • categories Processes, Machines & Their unique Results
    Products and Furniture

  • developed for

    ‘morphosis’ exhibition at Schloss Hollenegg for Design

  • commissioned by

    self-initiated

Inspired by how farmers keep parts of their crop for planting the seeds in the next season, and by botanical offsets that can be used to grow new plants. We applied the same principle to a design project. The result is the offsets series.
Felt fabric is slowly rolled into a tree-trunk shaped object with different colours giving it its own character. Once the object is finished, a section is cut off and forms the inner core of a new piece. The off-cut is wrapped again in layers of various coloured felt. From the second finished object, once again a piece is cut off and forms the starting point for the next object; and so on. Each piece is thus grown from the last one, in an ongoing series of unique objects, where each shape is defined by the previous off-cut. The emerging objects all have the same height and can be used as stools, seating poufs and small side tables.

offset of a plant and an offsets object

offsets piece number four with cross section showing the layers

concept sketch of the offsets series explaining how one cut-off forms the inner core of the following piece

the first piece of a series is almost round because it is not dependent on a previous cut-off

the first cut-off from the green piece forms the inner core for the much bigger, blue seating object

offsets portrait of piece number two

Once an object is finished, a piece is cut off and forms the starting point for the next object. Each piece is thus grown from the last one, in an ongoing series of unique objects.

offsets portrait of piece number three

offsets portrait of piece number four

offsets portrait of piece number five

numbering various layers of felt during the production process

  • material

    felt, snythetic felt, woodglue,
    oak, laquered plywood

  • dimensions & weight
    approximately
    (series no.1)

    #1  40 x 33 x 42 cm & 12,8 kg

     

    #2  61 x 76 x 42 cm & 45,2 kg

     

    #3  41 x 58 x 42 cm & 25,3 kg

     

    #4  43 x 44 x 42 cm & 16,6 kg

     

    #5  40 x 37 x 42 cm & 16,9 kg

     

    #6  42 x 49 x 42 cm & 27,7 kg

  • project assistance

    Bernd van Riel, Elisa Polner