KH1 by Thalea Schmalenberg

How do we define Scandinavian Design? What focus does it have? What are the attributes of my own design-culture and what characteristics and tradition lay within Japanese products and furniture making? Within our tradition and visual memory we classify design products into cultural sections. This is why I focused my research on cultural moments. Therefore I analysed culture based artefacts and design objects to find out deep-rooted traditions, often used materials, developed techniques, colours and forms within three different cultures. I created a method to cross these attributes to link old techniques with new material or vice versa. Inspired by the analysis of crafts, techniques, materials, forms, colours, objects and habits from different cultures one design (KH1) has been produced. It combines all these dimensions to create new aesthetics and identify synergistic functions. The infographic shows what cultural influences the design of KH1 had. The bench is woven from cotton bands, a material often used by Scandinavian Designer in the early 20th century for their loungers. The weaving technique is known from chairs made by Michael Thonet, a German pioneer for bending wood. Made from oak, the legs are easily connected to the lower frame inspired by traditional joints by Japanese carpenters. This combination of materials make that furniture a weight light piece for the indoor and outdoor space. Its broad dimensions make the bench useful and comfortable seating crossed-leg or taking a nap at daytime.

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