NATURAL IS BEST

Following all the looking around at designs at the moment it seems that there are two very different trends happening the first is natural, which is what this post is about, and the second is edgy or fractural which I will show you tomorrow.

Natural design comes from the efficient use of material, look at a bone structure, over lots of material. This is not the easiest to make and can cause some issues if you are trying to design certain objects, a vase for instance let’s water out if it’s got holes in.

It has been coming to light in engineering to get the most efficient structure which lowers weight, cost and material usage all of which are good, but also puts the material where it is really needed. One CAD program actually has it as one of the main features, SolidThinking, which we evalutated in December last year. Certainly very keen to get it to add to the Solidworks as it runs on a Mac.

But back to natural design, the chair above was designed by Joris Laarman and as you can see takes the force exerted on the seat through several paths to the floor.

This is the complementing chaise lounge which reminds me of tree branches that are going upwards to the seat. The frosted finish also real adds something to this piece if you ask me, a slightly mysterious look.

Another chaise lounge is the Morphogenesis from Timothy Schreiber and you can really see that organic look under the seat area. This design looks as if it also rocks which could be pretty neat although it would take a little practice to set on and off.
This chaise has a few large cone shaped legs supporting the weight which although not strictly natural does have that organic look to it. By combining that with the a more rounded shaped to the edge of the seat and a swooping line to the seat itself gives that softness often found in nature. This is made by Thomas Demharter.

This table is also from Joris Laarman but its slender legs are actually designed to mimic the branches of a tree. It looks so delicate yet I know its going to be stronger than it looks.

So do you think that this is a design trend that will have a long life or will it stop soon? Would love to hear your views on it in the comments below.

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