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Brief Published: 25 Oct 2013

DDW 2013: Flex, Facet & Fold


In our recent Flex, Facet & Fold report, we highlighted the increase of soft shells replacing hard surfaces in a fresh approach to faceted forms that are flexible and lighter. We spotted several pieces at Dutch Design Week that demonstrate a similar approach: 

  • ChairWear collection by Amsterdam-based Bernotat & Co reconsiders upholstery by creating unusual padded covers for existing furniture. Referencing clothing by adding pockets and hoods, the pieces feel playful and witty.
  • Salt-Lake City’s Wasatch Design Collective frequently explores the potential of facets and folds in its work. Recent offerings include a collapsible felt stool with an origami-like structure, and the Tessel Backpack, featuring a soft faceted shell for a futuristic look. 
  • Inclusive DIY Architecture by Japanese designer Daijiro Mizuno – on show at Eindhoven’s Van Abbemuseum – highlights the possibilities of creating modular structures from folded elements. The cardboard shapes are designed to be simple enough to be folded by anyone to create an expanding and interactive installation. 

Dutch Design Week runs until October 27. Look out for our full coverage of the event, coming soon.