charlie davidson: the object of desire charlie davidson: the object of desire
aug 05, 2010

charlie davidson: the object of desire

‘the object of desire, sweet jane’

UK-based designer charlie davidson has completed a new project entitled ‘the object of desire, sweet jane’. drawing on the form of a corset, davidson’s chaise lounge focuses on the female form. for some the corset forms part of a self-expression or self-stimulation, but for many it is a means of being what is today considered normal. the procurement of the perfect body or look comes in many guises from body shaping corsetry to stiletto steels and to the radical procedure of bodily augmentation.

davidson began the project a few years back, developing initial concept drawings to produce the first scale mock-ups and a number of 3D computer visualization. upon a visit to vollers corset company -who has been producing corsets since the 19th century – the shape and form of the lounge really began to develop.

here is a look at the overview of the design process:

experimental sketches

model studies of the chaise lounge

slice forms for production mould

vollers corset davidson used as a study model

davidson bought a vollers corset off e-bay with the plan of making a 3D scan. since digital scanning was too expensive, he eventually decided to slice up his original into 50mm sections, to make a series of sliced forms.

sketch with boning details

the sliced forms were scanned into the computer with a flat bed scanner and re-assembled in rhino 3D. the finished model proved too hard to remodel into the shape davison wanted because of all of the complicated boning lines in place.

vollers gave davidson a corset (left). he photographed it and manipulated it in photoshope to create this design (right).

antique vollers corset from the vollers archive – lines of boning helps visually define the corseted form, a detail which he wanted to add to an upholstered version of the final design.

from l-r: sketches of boning, corset boning x-ray, industrial concrete mould

initial concept sketches

l: original computer model r: 1:5 scale fiberglass model

  • 90’s Marc Newson redesigned by Karim Rashid . . .

    def says:
  • The development & inspiration seem very in depth but eventually lose the corset inspiration, ribbing fabric etc.

    As def implies the design language used here to Davidson’s discredit is synonymous with M.Newson and laterly by the late adopter K.Rashid , making it hard for this piece to be seen & appreciated through objective eyes.

    Mirak Noswen says:
  • ok! charlie davidson copied Marc Newson and this is his problem but the question is
    why you publish it? why?

    ernesto says:
  • elegant – and where is the user – to fit with comfort or consistant with a corset with controlled discomfort?

    simonalex says:
  • corsette emphasize the female´s silloutte in a vertical direction, why should I feel atracted by something that I really don´t comprehend, and also don´t look comfortable!

    mud says:

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