A series of pieces of furniture was created for a client who opened a restaurant in Cork, for which we also designed the interior.
The designs for club chairs, lounge chairs, sofas, stools and low tables started with model studies at very small scales into the use of sheet materials. This progressed to the use of aluminium sheet which could be cut out and folded, involving a process of cutting by computer-numerically-controlled flat-bed milling machine. The patterns fit together on a typical sheet size with very little waste, and the cut-outs are then folded and assembled with no welds.
The series uses 6mm aluminium for the continuous seats and backs, and 8mm sheet for the legs and table-bases. The upholstery is high-density foam pads, finished in vinyl of varying colours. The aluminium can then be anodised in various colours, which, when combined with different coloured vinyls, enables an endless permutation of multicoloured bon-bons, and lends itself to any site-specific application driven by colour theory. The table tops are made of laminated glass with a colour tint added to the interlayer.
Research into further prototypes is currently ongoing, using different kinds of sheet materials and covering fabrics.