LIVE at WOTH Gallery
Within the context of Droog Design we did a project
named 'Dry Tech'
We focused on composite materials.
What became clear that it
was basically textiles and fibres
That were mostly applied in weaving
and the production of plates
but the fun of the material was,
that it was basically textiles
that you could make a rope out of it
I soon decided to make a chair
which had to be a lightweight thing
in order to do so, you only put the material
where it's needed, not at places where you don't need it
I wasn't interested in making a fabric
as I wanted to work with rope
it felt somehow logical to make a space frame
a nice way of knotting.
Which nobody did of course.
It was considered terrible tacky
I bought some books
you would find macram next to the porn section
so I started making knots
Eventually we decided to develop our own rope
which would knot easily and was strong
After many tests we used carbon for the inside core.
It was made in a rope yard.
from it we constructed a chair
with a decorative character
and had a different look and feel
than most items of those days
the next problem we met,
while we impregnated the rope
we needed to fix it into a certain form
for instance by using a mould.
sharp jotted ends appeared
where the mould met the epoxy
So I decided to make a product
without using a mould.
hanging it instead, like a net.
gravity needed to be included in the proces
like Gaud made his models
we did the production of this chair.
You'll notice the basic strings.
They were attached to a wooden frame
In between is this net
The model is fixed at the outside
After drying the chair is picked from it's rack
So we came up with a remarkable chair
it sounds like a technical story. On the other hand:
It's nice to see that the chair looks so visually different.
And tactile different
I remember quite well the first prototype
which was presented in Milan
I had it hanging slightly above the floor.
I really did not yet know whether you could sit in it.
And there was only one prototype.
So we needed to make sure it wasn't
destroyed at the presentation
Following Milan we were finally able to test it
The textile character is very interesting to me.
It's not to easy to design using a weaving technique.
you cannot draw it. Instead you need to make it.
The complexity of the weaving makes it interesting.
Everything in the structure is essential.
most of the time you make a drawing
But this is made; built, constructed, crafted!.