Florris Wubben and Bauke Fokkema
Studio Florris Wubben is a Dutch company that focuses on the subversion of materials, twisting the standard understanding of a material into a new path. They then use this newly constructed platform and use it to develop sculptural elements in their furniture. They strive to uses the abundance of verity in nature to dictate the shape and attempt to not interfere with the natural elements they uses as much as possible. They allow the nature to speak for its self. When they combine new elements and manmade elements with the natural ones they maintain the same dogma of trying to limit human interference as much as possible letting the piece decided its own direction.
Upside down Chair (left) and Lounge (right)
Though probably the most notably of their projects uses a minimal combination of exterior elements and limited interaction. The projects main interaction comes in the training of part of a willow tree, it is bound, twisted, bent and split into the desired position for legs and then section from the felled section is dried. The project is completed by the inverted section being polished and presented as a seat. The project aptly titled “Upside Down”, was done in collaboration with artist Bauke Fokkema. So far two pieces have been produced “Upside Down Chair” and “Upside Down Lounge”.
Upside Down Chair
Upside Down Lounge
Cleveland Art creates functional household, shop and hotel furniture from recycled vintage industrial surplus. It seamlessly fits both contemporary and traditional interiors, the combination between simple minimalistic shapes and work worn steel, wood and glass gives the furniture a complete immunity from time. They scream both modern and old simultaneously somehow without competing for which has the loudest voice.
The strange dual life these designs hold continues as you consider that they uncannily resemble minimalist sculptures fit for any art gallery and an old GYM bench or factory employee’s coat hook. This tandem existence is nothing short of genius.
I personally love these designs there is a strong masculinity which is perfect for a city apartment, and could work extremely well in contrasting against feminine designs. With the right use of these the designs you could create a perfect androgynous harmony in a space, or go all out masculine and have your space harder and grittier.