Following my presentation and conservation with David Winter, I have vocalised that I want to create a family of either stools, chairs, tables that represent a family of either bull, cow and calf or just cow and calf to depict a relationship that will leave an emotion response with the audience. The concept was relatively simple however the execution was a lot more complicated. I wanted this likeness to be subtle and not literal, meaning that I did not want to just create a stool with four legs, an udder and two ears that went "moo". I wanted instead to replicate the form of the animal, and one method I considered in achieving this was with the use of geometric shapes.
This thought came to mind when I remembered a trend in a simplifying animal tattoos by creating the form from geometric shapes so they could be made entirely out of lines or filled in with colour to give further dimension. I wanted to look further into cow anatomy to see if I could replicate the natural geometry of the cow. Using a series of underlays of bull, cow and calf forms I generated some basic ideas to work on.
Although I liked some of these concepts, in Milan I saw great examples of creating geometric forms with less material.
Zaha Hadid is well-known for her striking, geometric shapes and forms, which can be seen in this series of chairs. Although she doesn't use much material the form is ever strong and dramatic.
I loved this blue geometric and, almost, skeleton-like chair from the Tom Dixon as it reminds me back to those geometric line tattoos that could convey a solid form purely from lines. In some ways I believe Dixon's chair has an animalistic form to it and even a cow-like one. The upper half of the chair has a top that could be seen as horns while the legs present a strong stance. I found the shadow it left interesting too and wondered whether that could convey the image of the cow form I want to achieve rather than fully relying on the aesthetic of the furniture.
brothers & sons
I really appreciated the simplicity of the furniture range by Brother and Sons. I especially loved the folded looking material in contrast to the strong legs and uplifting colour choice. I thought these pieces were striking but non-obtrusive to achieve their desired shape.
As one of my possible alternatives for leather is cork, anything cork related caught my eye, including these bean-bag-looing folded cork 'puffs' I saw in Ventura Lambrata by a designer called Julie Waibel. I loved the folded element to them to give body with less use of material.
Stool by Olga Szymahska, like the Dixon chair, gives body using a series of lines whilst giving an interesting shadow.
asli kutluay & team
From a geometric and 'cow-like' form stance, this series of tables designed by a Turkish design team based off the form of icebergs were my favourite. Again, less material does not mean less strength and form. I love the sharp drop and different view from the top and side, in addition to function correctly as a table.
Although I may not use literal shapes to create from, they will inspire my final design in one way or another.
Pinterest. (2017). Cow Tattoo. [online] Available at: https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/cow-tattoo/ [Accessed 13 Apr. 2017].
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