Studio Sain labored with one in all Austria’s final remaining woodturners to develop this assortment of hand-turned wooden merchandise that characteristic shifting components or modular elements.
Designers Martijn Rigters and Namuun Zimmermann, who started working collectively as Studio Sain in 2018, developed the Bulbous venture as a part of Vienna Design Week‘s Passionswege 2019 programme, which pairs design studios with native craftsmen.
Studio Sain was invited to collaborate with Viennese woodturner Hermann Viehauser on a set of merchandise that spotlight the up to date potential of this conventional craft.
The venture allowed the designers to study and have fun the hand-turning course of, which they claimed is steadily being changed by quicker, automated manufacturing strategies.
“With Hermann Viehauser being one of many final woodturners in Vienna, it’s clear this craft is slowly disappearing – most likely due to the standard cliche of being time consuming and dear,” Rigters and Zimmermann informed Dezeen.
“We wished to embrace the unbelievable excessive degree of precision of the handmade items, and to finish this collaboration with a set of unconventional items.”
The Bulbous assortment contains a movable mild, mirror and modular shelving system produced from linden wooden that was chosen for its softness and light-weight color.
Moderately than being purely ornamental, the merchandise spotlight the useful potential of hand-turned varieties.
“We determined to method woodturning as a type of joinery, with movable, seamlessly becoming elements,” the designers added. “We have been hoping to search out an fascinating method to this historic craft by creating these extra mechanical, useful objects.”
The sleek, rounded types of the objects have been impressed by the curvaceous options of a paleolithic sculpture referred to as the Venus of Willendorf, which was found in 1908 close to the Decrease Austrian city of Krems.
The varieties additionally contribute to every product’s particular operate, with the mirror and desk mild that includes ball joints based mostly on joints discovered within the human physique.
The angle of the wall-mounted mirror might be modified by rotating the highest part over its spherical base, whereas the place of the desk lamp’s bubble-like glass diffuser might be adjusted because of a ball joint that mimics the human knee.
The hanging mild’s acquainted lathe-turned profile creates ridges that maintain the twine used to droop it from the ceiling in place. The shape might be repeated to create longer lights if required.
The wall-mounted cabinets are produced from two turned spheres which can be quartered to supply 4 units of cabinets. These can be utilized individually or mixed modularly to kind longer compositions.
The merchandise have been offered at Viehauser’s workshop in the course of the Passionswege occasion, which occurred from 27 September to five October 2019.
The selection of location meant that guests have been in a position to witness the instruments and processes used to make the merchandise, in addition to the venture’s remaining outcomes.
Studio Sain has continued to develop the objects to allow them to be produced in small numbers. They can be tailored for particular commissions.
Their multidisciplinary observe combines conceptual considering with materials analysis and experimental processes so as to create outcomes which can be unique of their aesthetics and performance.
Rigters’ earlier initiatives embody a rippled sofa made by forcing a block of froth between sizzling wires, and a group of aluminium stools patterned with human hair, which he developed in collaboration with Fabio Henry.