Brussels-based designer Maarten De Ceulaer has realised this rather curious, biomorphic collection of foam furniture called ‘Mutation Series.’ Likened by the designer to a ‘virus or bacteria that has grown dramatically out of scale’, the series encompasses multiple seating designs with each piece being unique due to the irregularity of the design pattern. The collection was on show at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan.
More about the series:
‘The pieces in this series look like they weren’t made by hands, but have grown to their present form organically. They might be the result of a mutation in cells, or the result of a chemical or nuclear reaction. The Mutation pieces make you look at furniture in a different way. Maybe one day we would be able to grow a piece of furniture like we breed or clone an animal, and manipulate it’s shape like a bonsai tree.
‘On the other hand, the project can be seen as an experimental review of classic furniture upholstery. It reminds us of the famous and iconic deep buttoned (Chesterfield) sofa’s, interpreted in a highly contemporary and sculptural way. Instead of upholstering springs and foam with leather or textile, these pieces are created by carefully composing patterns with cut-offs of foam spheres of various sizes, and applying them onto a structure. In the end the entire piece gets coated, with a durable rubber or tactile velvet-like finish. It is hardly impossible to ever recreate such a specific pattern, so every piece is completely unique.’