2016 VMODERN Furniture Design Competition
United Arab Emirates
Minimae chair represents a simple yet highly sophisticated form that blurs the boundaries of top and bottom, offers multiple seating configurations and sets interesting seating options with a feeling of a past craftsmanship.
In nature the minimum energy principle is commonly observed in various living organisms and lifeless matter. Soap bubbles or their clusters have the tendency to minimize the area for a volume they enclose and thus producing shapes with least potential energy. Initially different types of minimal surfaces were studied in order to understand the logic and system possibilities. For the chair’s final shape, iterative computational form-finding process with minimal surface logic was adopted, where different variables informed and optimized the composition based on a selected set of parameters.
“Shasha” is a fishing boat making and have been used for centuries along the east coast of the United Arab Emirates and Oman (Middle East). The “shoosh” with their flexibility can withstand the high seas and they will never sink. The art of Shasha making slowly disappears since 1970s in the region. The boats are made of palm fronds, which are first properly dried and then soaked in a salty water for one week. Experienced craftsman assembles the material into the desired shape within one day.