Mandy Roos and Victoria Ledig

Mandy Roos and Victoria Ledig are examples of two designers that push singular materials beyond their conventional application. ‘Softie Wanted’ is an assortment of products designed for Form and Seek.

In this collaboration they have revamped dull and lifeless industrial foam to create this fresh, fun and bold collection of lounge furniture.

“In search of the humour and inner nature of materials, they combine the industrial, profane and fanciful. Creating tangible imagery through material experimentation that roots in play.”

The materials used include Foam cut-offs from industrial production and reused climbing rope. Their inventive ideas for elementary substrates is genius. It just shows that even the simplest material can be made into something quite spectacular. I love that the importance of sustainability is heavily present in this design.

Design Milk

The Narrative of Making: Rethinking Soft Materials

Design Milk is a website I regularly browse looking for inspirational designers and innovative ideas.

My focus is on material and how I can push the boundaries of design. Searching materials on design milk I came across this unusual furniture collection that I was eager to find out more about.

The designers were students, from Rhode Island School of Design that specialized in textiles and furniture design. There brief was to re-think how soft materials are weaved, knitted, crocheted and knotted in furniture design.

“simple metal frame that is juxtaposed by bold, upholstered extrusions. Much like a weaving with unfinished edges, the chair is a picture of controlled chaos.”

I have been playing with unconventional materials and combinations of materials with apposing qualities but I feel I am coming to a bit of a rut and stuck for how I can push this further. This article in particularly has helped me to re-evaluate my concept and think how I can really investigate materials. I love this idea of reworking how a material is made and I would like to look into this further. I am now thinking about ways I could use technical processes that are traditionally used for industrial materials on fabrics. For example, I would like to see what happens if I use the sand blaster on leather.