Company: Ink and Metal
Exhibit Name: P.E.T. Seat
Design Intent: The PET-Seat is a contemporary interpretation of the humble stool that embodies technical and aesthetic innovation. It is playful, intimate and original.
The main objective when developing the PET-Seat was to investigate new approaches and materials for soft interior furniture. This exploration led to the utilisation of a rigid yet soft PET felt panel as a construction material.
Within the constraints of this sheet material I wanted to generate a complex form that was playful, personal and engaging.
The use of brightly coloured anodising was introduced to contrast with the PET and brings vitality and richness to the piece.
Description: Materials: P.E.T. , anodised aluminium Dimensions (approx): Height - 400mm Width - 560mm Depth - 560mm
Construction : CNC cut P.E.T. panel over fabricated, anodised aluminium frame.
The design for 'PET Seat' exploits both the structural and tactile qualities of the PET material to create a piece in which the soft surface finish is intrinsic to the material, eliminating the need for upholstery.
The semi-rigid properties of the PET are exploited to produce a malleable and animated object with unique tactile qualities. The seat subtlety compresses under the body, springing back as the weight is removed.
A light aluminium frame is required as a load-bearing component that provides support and allows flexibility. The surface of the frame is anodised, introducing an endless range of colours. Rather than being confined to a purely utilitarian role, the aluminium frame is transformed into a striking feature.
Production: The PET sheet is cut into a profile using a CNC process. Curf lines are applied to one side of the PET profile allowing it to be curved where desired to create a volume. The profile is then formed around a flexible aluminium frame and mechanically fastened. The finished product has only 3 main parts.
Production could be reasonably high yet the quality of the finishes should still retain elements of the handmade.
Market: The work has practical appeal as an alternative to fabric upholstered seating for indoor areas. The design is contemporary, yet it's elegant proportions and honest realisation provides it with integrity and classic appeal. Its market may include lounge style bars, indoor café areas and domestic interiors.