“Mutation series” by Belgium-based designer Maarten de Ceulaer, presented at Milan design week 2012. The prototypes range in size from small ottomans, over-sized chairs, to large sofas.
The pieces resemble in foam spheres of various sizes, which are then applied to the structure.
All images photographed by Nico Neefs
The entire piece gets coated, with a durable rubber or tactile velvet-like finish.
The project can be seen as an experimental review of classic furniture upholstery.
“The pieces in this series look like they weren’t made by hands, but have grown to their present form organically. They might be the result of a mutation in cells, or the result of a chemical or nuclear reaction. Perhaps it’s a virus or bacteria that has grown dramatically out of scale. The Mutation pieces make you look at furniture in a different way. Maybe one day we would be able to grow a piece of furniture like we breed or clone an animal, and manipulate it’s shape like a bonsai tree.”
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