Form Function Feeling

For better or for worse, the World became more complex than the phrase coined by Louis Henri Sullivan: “form follows function”. Socially, things got to a level where technology forms functions that stimulate feelings. As we see it, form follows technology in order to master a certain function that stimulates a feeling relevant in social terms.
As designers we are interested about the process of form-giving in a social and urban context – or (in)formation as we would rather see it. We want to explore how applied technology interferes and dictates our social/urban tissue. Our highest goal is to emotionally master technology in order to (in)form matter so function and feeling get perfectly formed and therefore socially relevant.

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Doorhandle

Project | Doorhandles

Manufacturer | FSB, Germany

Year | 2007

Status | Settled

Something that we handle or something that we hold?
In this case, something that we handle holding.

The holding dimension of this project was far more interesting to us, and guided the whole concept development and design process.

This project aims at giving shape to one of the main driving working forces in the office – to work on truly functional objects for our times. Objects to which their function goes beyond the sole action they were specifically conceived for. Objects that function extremely well on the practical level, and therefore pass the test of everyday life; but also objects that make us feel (unconsciously) good for the simple fact of using them.

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Sofa

Project | Stitches

Client | Zero2 , Portugal

Year | 2006

Status | Settled

We were asked to design a sofa. Our approach to this project was one of not trying to (re)inventing the wheel, but rather making a very good one.

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Tea Set

tea set

Project | Tea Set

Manufacturer |

Material | Porcelain

Year | 2006

Status | Settled

This project was triggered when someone asked us to think about graphic decorations for porcelain. This request we declined recommending people far more capable of doing it than ourselves. Although, this issue ended up raising rather interesting questions – What’s decoration? Form shapes a function, but isn’t itself already decorative?

Making use of recent achievements in terms of additive fabrication on behalf of model making, this concept for a Tea Set explores new technological ways of (in)forming matter by addressing the issue of decoration intrinsic to porcelain work since its genesis.


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