Almost Natural Things – Chair
2016 VMODERN Furniture Design Competition
Faysal Tabbarah, Nada Taryam, Khawla Al Hashimi
United Arab Emirates
This collection of chairs is from a series of objects designed under the research agenda titled Almost Natural Things. The agenda explores the role of the Anthropocene and changes in the natural environment in the production and aesthetics of the built environment. This agenda asks how we can make things in that acknowledge the Anthropocene without being simple imitations of nature. These objects are designed to push the viewers to ask “where did this come from?” They want to have the essence of nature without necessarily mimicking a certain natural condition.
The agenda attempts to uncover a nebulous relationship between natural and synthetic things, thus blurring the binary of nature and culture. These objects investigate the role of computational design methodologies to question and transform normative everyday objects beyond simple function. These objects purposely leaps beyond structure and function to produce volumes of excess that exhibit an amplification of texture to override traditional part-to-whole relationships.
The fabrication method of these chairs consists of activating a volatile chemical condition t epoxy resin and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS). The exothermic reaction curing reaction causes the EPS to melt. The result is a highly textured surface condition that pushes the viewer to consider whether these objects are synthetic or actually natural. This reaction also creating an automatic and quick de-molding process.