An old/new link:
A few very apt insights in to work activity published at TED.
Between 14th and 18th of April 2010 a show titled “HOTEL RCA” took place in a new area, competitive to Zona Tortona called Ventura Lambrate. The hotel show was arranged in two spaces, which used to be a part of Lambretta scooters factory and which were soon to be demolished by the owner. The name of the show gained an extra meaning because of the volcanic eruption, which trapped many of us in Milan, forcing us nearly to sleep in the space . Beside some problems with electricity in those halls an exhibition was successful and never empty. Even when the show had to be taken down few hours before the schedule, public was still flooding the show. Additionally one of my former pieces, hanging papier-mache table for the train compartment was shown next door within the Lambretta Art Project gallery as a part of “13.798 Grams Of Design” show, which was quite a high-profile exhibition with some renown names having their pieces shown there:
Barber & Osgerby, Fernando & Humberto Campana, Oscar Diaz, Konstantin Grcic, Gitta Gschwendtner, Richard Hutten, Sjoerd Jonkers, Max Lamb, Arik Levy, Ross Lovegrove, Peter Marigold, Ben McCarthy, Nendo, Marc Newson, Fabio Novembre, Polka, Karim Rashid, Inga Sempé, Studio BetaTank, Kiki van Eijk, Marcel Wanders, Maciek Wojcicki
Here in the evening it could be really seen how cosy space was created in high ceiling building using the L.O.F.T furniture with its lighting features.
Workstation has been chosen by Li Edelkoort, former chairwoman of design academy Eindhoven and art director of Designhuis to be shown at the Talent 2009 show in Designhuis – Eindhoven (Netherlands) among other designers graduated this year out of 30 design schools in Europe. The aim of the exhibition is to get an overview of the state of affairs in design education and its future stars. Exhibition lasts between 17th of October and 30 of November and is a part of Dutch Design Week (17-25 October)
During London Design Festival L.O.F.T Workstation could be seen at 100% Futures show in Earl’s Court (24-27 September 2009) I would like to thank everyone who visited my stand during this intensive four days.
(Thanks for your help Veronica! 🙂
L.O.F.T Workstation is a project of a flexible changeable structure, the simple construction of which serves for customization and interaction with workspace according to preferences of a user and demands of a currently performed task.
The structure consists of a few elements: main pillar which serves as a support for the ends of two lightweight rails on which the lighting and slider bars are placed on which supporting legs can be moved back and forward according to a spatial requirements. The rails can be moved around the pillar independently as they are sharing the pivot point at the end of each of them on the slider ring centered at the top of the main pillar.
Pillar, rails and rail-legs are all similarly grooved on the outside and horizontal parts. Those grooves are stabilizing features for accessories, like screens, boards, shelves and lighting, which can be mounted on the structure. Grooves are also a cable management feature which makes it easier to change construction settings without struggling to keep dangling cables in chosen place.
Lighting is a fluorescent, cold strip lighting in line fixtures of 4000 K light, which can be slid, exchanged, added to and removed from the rail easily without multiplying plugs and cables.
The entire structure may be disassembled without using any tools by one or two people. Grooves and openings are designed to be an easy and intuitive way of attaching accessories and adjusting the space with no need to drill the holes in the wall or ceiling or using ladders, by simple wedging, tying, hooking.
This way more functionality can be added, space divided and shrink in the workspace.
Worktop is easy to remove and put aside or hanged on the rail-leg wedged shelf equipped with hooks. Table legs, when not in use, can serve as shelves wedged on the rail legs.
Entire structure is made using simple methods out of beech wood, plywood, powder coated steel, chromed pipes, fabric, nylon straps, and machined acetal elements. The imagination of a user is the limit because versatility of the structure might make it even something else than the workspace if required.
This kind of flexible structure suits space restricted home offices, studios and conversion spaces where adjust ability and keeping elements near each other is essential.
I am happy to invite everyone of you to see an RCA Show (26.06-05.07 2009) London, Kensington Gore, SW7 2EU
You can see there my finished version of a workstation and try it out.
I would like to thank all of You who visited the show and have seen my work and had a chat with me.
Photos of a final piece and of a process will soon be also available on this blog.
Vertical parts before finishing, waxing and assembling.
Pillar during gluing
Steel parts prepared, before powdercoating procedure.
Powernet – strong streachy fabric considered to be used in mid-prototyping.
Prototyping on the functional model.