I always stand by my ethos that furniture should be both useful and unobtrusive. On the flip side I think there needs to be an experimental attitude towards all aspects of design. There would be no progression if we just sat back and carried a similar mindset, failing to challenge what has come before. This is why I was interested in the work of Philip & Marie, founders of Studio Dessuant Bone based in Paris, France.
Philip & Marie met while residents at Fabrica, the Benetton Group Communication Research Centre in Italy in 2011 and have since gone on to form their own studio. Even though their strengths lie in different disciplines they have a shared aesthetic and understanding that has seen them go on to combine their knowledge of photography, furniture and graphic work in to a series of furniture based around the concept of ‘Art Industrial’.
Art Industrial consists of a collection of one of a kind furniture handmade by the Industrial workers at Allaert Aluminium. Although designed by Studio Dessuant Bone, they collaborated heavily with Allaert Aluminium to produce a seat, some turning tables, a day bed, and a low coffee table at their factory in Kortrijk, Belgium. What has come of it is an interesting take on industrial design and touches on the key ideas surrounding functional, aesthetics and practicality. Here are a few pictures of the series, more can be found on the link below. Enjoy.