Extremely simple in its structure yet serving multiple functions, this geometric frame called ‘The living structure’ has been devised by a young German designer David Hanauer. The reduced, skeletal form of the piece allows the user to adapt it according to particular needs – with the addition of a powder-coated aluminium sheet, the maple-wood structure can be transformed into a wall-mounted shelf or a simple, freestanding table. Presented at the [D³] Contest during this year’s edition of imm cologne, the concept was nominated for the Interior Innovation Award 2012. Watch ‘The living structure’ come to life in the video below.
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‘The geometrical shaping of the design sketches the schematic structure of a table in such a high degree of abstraction that it is almost reduced to an idea; this is presented by Hanauer to the viewer as a possibility. The object can either be placed on the floor or mounted to a wall, can exist visually as a sculpture or be utilised physically as furniture: By adding one sheet of metal the rectangular wooden structure becomes a functional table.
‘This furniture concept inscribes space and describes space in a model-like way as a place defined by reciprocal interaction between object and subject, between a decision for pure aesthetics or functional use. David Hanauer’s object requires that their viewer, who may become a user, positions him or herself regarding the structure within, and extending from a given space. It gives the viewer the option of disregarding function, or defining a product that does not force its own use, but enables utilisation.’