The Paris based design practice NOCC unveiled their new ‘Radiation’ collection at this year’s Maison&Objet in Paris. The collection consists of two ‘positive’ mutations: the ‘Hypertrophy chair’ and the ‘Outgrowth coffee table’. The hypertrophy of one extended armrest complements the use of the chair as a functional object. The chair can then be used as a newspaper rack, coat hanger, etc. The outgrowth on the table offers additional storage space.
You can find NOCC at hall 5B near exit R7.
Here is what NOCC explains:
“We imagined a scenario in which traditional pieces of furniture would have endured some kind of radiation; where their genes would have mutated “ said Jean-Christophe Orthlieb and Juan Pablo Naranjo, co-founder of NOCC. “The next generation of these pieces would then manifest the mutations. We came up with many versions of possible mutants. We then wondered which of these mutations would be ”positive” evolutions, that would enable the entity to better survive in its environment, while others we called “negative” evolutions (these comprised the majority) and did nothing, even reducing the ability of the entity to survive in its environment.”
“Radiation Collection (in Tchernobyl) is a collection based on the evolution of objects. This experimentation has created adaptations comparable to the ones observed in nature’s species, resulting -in the long run- to evolution. The purpose of this collection is to explore the utilitarian possibilities of changes in the traditional shapes of furniture, as we know them archetypically.”