frank winnubst manufractals and spring time chair
frank winnubst manufractals and spring time chair frank winnubst manufractals and spring time chair
may 15, 2010

frank winnubst manufractals and spring time chair


frank winnubst most current research is about the process of molding, particularly elastic molds. experimenting with different materials, he discovered that pouring epoxy resin into balloons leads to preposterous shapes. this drove him to make a flexible mold that continued to deliver new and exciting forms. by joining the castings to each other with connecting pieces, they can be built upon endlessly. what results is a seemingly complicated system that is, in fact, made simply through repeated patterns.


‘spring time’ chair at rossana orlandi in milan, april 2010 image © designboom

designboom featured frank winnubst’s ‘spring time’ chair previously in 2009 during milan design week. the dutch designer has now shown an updated version of this furniture piece. the chair is the result of his research on how springs without any padding can still offer comfortable seating. here, the function determines the form and to ensure that the springs would not feel cold and hard for users, a knitted cover was added on the top layer.

‘spring time’ chair image © designboom

after several creative trials, the design of ‘spring time’ chair finally manifested itself into a large cubic form.

detail of ‘spring time’ chair image © designboom

detail image © designboom

designer frank winnubst demonstrating the comfort of the chair

parents show the comfort

detail of knitting

detail of knitting

frank winnubst in collaboration with steie van vugt were shortlisted in designboom and MACEF’s 2008 design competition dining in 2015 with their entry ‘one pallet kitchen‘, a stackable kitchen made from wood chips and natural resin. the dutch designers aimed to show the quality of pressed wood by using this material as a three dimensional shape. the kitchen is made for easy assembly, requiring no glue or screws. this work was shown in 2009 during designboom’s exhibition kitchen ecology at dwell on design in los angeles.

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