clemens weisshaar + reed kram: multithread furniture for nilufar gallery
a series of force-driven structures, each piece of the ‘multithread’ furniture collection begins with a horizontal surface – a table top, shelf, desk etc – supported by a web of thin connecting bars. conceived by munich and stockholm-based studio kram / weisshaar (reed kram and clemens weisshaar), these objects have been created using custom software, an evolving logic system that has been developed by the designers themselves to inform the fabrication process – from computer screen to shipping crate. employing the latest developments in physical simulation technology, each structure is analyzed and modified based on the forces which pass through it. the final form and color of the joints seen in the sculptural yet functional works are direct representations of the energy they support.
profile view of the desk
alternative view of the supporting structural web
another interpretation of the ‘multithread’ shelf
up close of the webbed support structure made-up of thin bars
each structure is analyzed and modified based on the forces which pass through it
a project commissioned by nilufar gallery, the first five unique pieces of a new ‘multithread’ series entitled ’18 i’ were presented in the sala pericoli, adjacent to the gio ponti-designed palazzo garzanti, during milan design week 2012. the furniture objects were exhibited alongside selected pieces of nilufar gallery owner nina yashar’s collection of rare 19th and early 20th century antique chinese carpets. the juxtoposition of two contrasting production processes shown through the two bodies of work highlighted the difference and the importance of craftsmanship common to them both.
installation view of ‘multithread’ exhibited alongside pieces selected from nina yashar’s 20th century collection of antique chinese carpets at nilufar gallery during milan design week 2012