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Brief Published: 21 Mar 2014

Intervene: Cutting Edge Sofa by Martijn Rigters

Cutting Edge Sofa by Martijn Rigters

As seen in our Autumn/Winter 2015-16 Design Direction Intervene, Dutch designer Martijn Rigters is part of a growing number of designers reinventing conventional manufacturing techniques through process-driven design. 

To make the irregularly shaped Cutting Edge Sofa, Ritgers uses a hot wire foam-cutting method more commonly associated with making prototypes than finished products. Pushing a large polystyrene block through a wire frame forms the silhouette of the sofa.

All elements of the process define the final form – the uneven rippled surface highlights the meeting of man and machine in this technique, which produces unique characteristics in each sofa. A synthetic finish and heavily pigmented primary red add to this bold experimental and inventive approach. 

The Cutting Edge Sofa will be on show at Milan Design Week next month. Look out for more coverage, coming soon.