February 8, 2011

SPOOK

Designed by ISKOS-BERLIN 2011

Design has been preoccupied with the idea of full control over function, form, materials and so on. This striving for control over our environment is probably typical of Western culture, being both its key strength and its greatest weakness.

So why not try to be more forgiving and let materials behave as they naturally “want” to? Why not give objects the freedom to be “abnormal”, to be unique?

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The history of design, starting from the industrialization of production till our days, is a reflection of Western culture’s quest to conquer, adopt and control nature, surrounding, materials and so on – the urge that led us to the best achievements and the worst catastrophes.

Spook is a statement of opposition to the masculine striving for submission of material, for overall perfection intolerant to any disobediences and mistakes.

Instead of fighting against “mistakes” by pressing the material to behave “perfectly” (often against its nature), we choose to accept the way how material “wants” to   behave, to move by its nature.

A preheated flat felt mat, draping the three-dimensional shape, creates natural folds that stiffen after being cooled down. These folds never fall twice in the same way. Each chair being almost same becomes different. “Mistakes” are forgiven, they give life, they are accepted – no discards, no rejects!

Moreover these folds enforce the chair becoming integrated part of its structure, allowing the reduction of the initial thickness of felt. Felt drapery on the common club chair is the sculptural expression and is its only construction.

Spook chair is a mono-block produced in one single process by thermo pressing the polymer fibre – PET felt mat (without any kind of the frame). The production process neither demands any additives like glues or resins, nor any additional materials like screws or reinforcements. PET felt is 100% recyclable material produced to the high extent of used soda/water bottles.