osko + deichmann: kink furniture osko + deichmann: kink furniture
apr 01, 2010

osko + deichmann: kink furniture

‘functional damage’ helmrinderknecht, berlin march 27- may 22, 2010

detail of ‘kink chair’

german design duo osko + deichmann present ‘kink’, a new series of tubular steel furniture at the helmrinderknecht contemporary design gallery in berlin. the designs, which derives its final form and function by means of a damaging process uses tubing that is functionally folded, dented and kinked.

detail of ‘kink cantilever chair’

the ‘damaged’ steel which would normally be regarded as a defect, is in fact integral to the furniture’s design.

left: ‘kink chair’ right: ‘kink cantilever chair’ ‘kink’ includes a writing table, a cantilever chair, a sideboard, a shelf, a coffee table and a floor lamp whereby each piece is identified by a different kind of deformation. all exhibited objects are limited edition pieces and are exclusively available at helmrinderknecht contemporary design gallery.

stackable ‘kink chair’

osko + deichmann’s first intensive involvement with bent and folded tubular steel was during last year’s 90th anniversary celebration of the bauhaus movement. for the exhibition, ‘happy birthday bauhaus’, they created the ‘straw chair’, a functional homage to the classic freischwinger cantilever chair made of curved, tubular steel. since then, the design duo have spent much of their time manually manipulating metal tubing, deforming it with kinks, dents and bends.

‘kink chair’

‘kink table’

‘kink coffee table’

‘kink shelf’

detail view of shelf

‘kink writing table’

‘kink sideboard’

detail of sidebaord

‘kink floor lamp’

overview of ‘functional damage’ exhibition, berlin

  • FIRST THOUGHTS
    didnt these guys (or some guys like them) make a copy of a marcel breuer chair that was half decent?
    Does that then give them a license to churn out this sort of junk?
    SECOND THOUGHTS
    This stuff is actually pretty nice, its the kind of thing I might actually buy

    pleasantly_surprised says:
  • I do like these designs they capture the idea of simplicity. The designs do exactly what they were made to do, they are not trying to be anything else. I will be very interested to see the selling price of these pieces. Being a trainee designer myself, from what i can see the material cost of these items is minimal.

    very student like designs says:
  • i had exactly the same reaction!

    also pleasantly surprised says:
  • i think that’s the 1.-april-joke.
    nice from far, but neither the steel tubes nor the bords will hold usual stress. have a close look to the coffee-table, but not to hard! it might break!
    this must be a joke!

    ppr says:
  • ppr, you’re an idiot
    germans are physically incapable of making things that don’t work

    nojoke says:
  • I really like how simply use of material(lock of book shelf). Design is very honestly. Very brave to use this homemade and imperfection style.

    j says:
  • Anyone who actually sat in the ‘kink cantilever chair’ would get the April fools joke.

    artlab says:
  • It has to be an “April Fools” joke. The structural integrity of the tubing has been hugely compromised. Those would fold up like a cheap tent in a hurricane the moment someone tried to sit down.

    Marc D. says:
  • is this real design??

    hannes says:
  • of course not!…

    ahh says:
  • They look great and anyone fussing over the “structural integrity” of the product obviously doesn’t work with steel or understand it characteristics.

    bc says:
  • since when is experimentation with materials a bad thing? I, for one, feel that we can only make better work by trying things that don’t necessary fit into our ‘comfort zone’ idea of functionally sound design. i love the simplicity of the chairs and the subtlety of the ‘kinks’ adds a nice surprise.

    cathy says:

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