words Johanna Agerman
images Raimo Rudi Rumpler
Our new apartment is a collection of furniture produced using laser-sintered plastic and off-the-shelf wood.
Created by Vienna-based design practice Vandasye, the series is inspired by the nomadic quality of urban dwelling and is manufactured in collaboration with Metropolitan Works, the manufacturing unit of London Metropolitan University.
“With laser-sintering it was easy to produce, for example, all the hinges of the coat rack in one run,” says Georg Schnitzer, one of Vandasye’s two partners, explaining why he chose Metropolitan Works.
The series, which has a utilitarian aesthetic, is lightweight and easy to disassemble. It includes a chair, table, lamp, stool, coat rack, clock and collection of vases inspired by the shapes of plastic bottles.
In the catalogue published to promote the work, Vandasye shows Lamp – a light-sabre style fluorescent tube with a plastic handle – alongside its inspirations: an industrial work light and Konstantin Grcic’s Mayday lamp of 1998. Stool – with legs in stained pine and a plastic seat and leg support – sits next to images of Jean Prouvé’s 1942 Tabouret Haut bar stool and Marc Newson’s Zvezdochka trainer of 2004. “We try to work in the critical context of now, to analyse proven practice, not to replicate it,” says Vandasye’s other partner, Peter Umgeher.
The pieces start from £300 and part of the collection will be on show at London’s Aram Gallery in the Prototypes and Experiments exhibition, which runs until 6 March.