ECAL low tech factory rocking chair knits winter hats
 
ECAL low tech factory   rocking chair knits winter hats
nov 05, 2012

ECAL low tech factory rocking chair knits winter hats

‘rocking knit’ by ECAL students damien ludi and colin peillex photo © nicolas genta image courtesy of ECAL

shown in the ruckstuhl building as part of ECAL‘s ‘low-tech factory’ exposition during designers’ saturday in langenthal, switzerland is ‘rocking knit’ – a design that makes the transition to the winter season a little less onerous. students of university of art and design lausanne damien ludi and colin peillex created a chair that will fashion its user a beanie as they leisurely rock back and forth, activating gears that put the machine to work as its sitter relaxes. the project is in response to the exhibition’s theme, where students were required to reinterpret the idea of manufacture – deconstructing the fabrication process of a product to a slower, more considered pace. designers’ saturday showcased the work in the ruckstuhl carpet factory, appropriately surrounding the work by spools of thread and feverish machinery, connecting concept and real-world techniques in a meaningful way.


a video showing how the ‘rocking knit’ works

ECAL low tech factory   rocking chair knits winter hats the project is in response to the exhibition’s theme, where students were required to reinterpret the idea of manufacture photo © nicolas genta image courtesy of ECAL

ECAL low tech factory   rocking chair knits winter hats

DESIGNERS’ SATURDAY 2012 design is a statement november 3rd – 4th, 2012

the first designers’ saturday took place in langenthal in 1987. since then there have been 13 of these biennial occasions, to provide support for the swiss design scene whilst giving it a publicity platform and stimulating its further development.

designers’ saturday happens at a place where design is actually created. designers’ saturday is not just a product show held on characterless trade fair premises. instead it is a stage where authentic design skills are put on view at the atmospheric production sites of the companies involved.

the event is an international meeting point for the design world. the presentations of numerous internationally known firms will be accompanied by the cartes blanches of both national and international colleges of art and design.

  • LOL with delight! I’ve loved and done needlecrafts for a very long time; I now have Rheumatoid + 3 other kinds of arthritis, so I would LOVE this machine!! Oh Santa Baby, do please bring me one for Christmas! And to the designer(s), GREAT IDEA! DO EXPAND ON IT AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

    Kay Harms
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