Sunday, November 7, 2010

Structure as ornament

Rapid Prototyping techniques are slowly taking over the design business, with Malgorzata Mozolewska here establishing a chair design that is quite an icon for this age. Where we are used to thinking about 'structure' as massive, clunky elements roughly fabricated together, and about 'ornament' as fine, flimsy, hand-crafted details, here the two ends meet and the ornament becomes the structure. Adolf Loos couldn't have disagreed here. Objects this way become more immaterialized while retaining a meaningful embodiedness, and it has a delicate aesthetic quality to it that is in line with the manufacturing process.

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