ran amitai: nature of material
ran amitai: nature of material ran amitai: nature of material
jan 24, 2010

ran amitai: nature of material

nature of material by ran amitai

ran amitai, a recent graduate of the bezalel academy of art and design of jerusalem, israel, developed the ‘nature of material’ project, a series of stackable furniture, as his final thesis at bezalel.

‘in the beginning I worked mainly with paper, making small scale models’ says amitai. ‘whenever I saw potential or a need to check stability I translated the small paper model in to a life size sheet metal model.‘

every object is folded from a spread of laser cut aluminum sheet, which then bends to the final form using a bending mold.

the making of the stool

the idea of the project is to combine straight origami like folds with natural folds.

‘all of the objects are created by planed and exact folds that create side effects of stretching and bending in the material. in other words, I am folding the legs of the objects and the surface above reacts naturally to the folding act’ says amitai.

a low table

nature of material stools and chairs paper models

nature of material stackable stools

testing the stool

nature of material stackable chairs

‘this integration between the strict and natural folds creates a steady construction from one hand and soft, organic, upholstery like shape from the other hand’ ran amitai says.

ran amitai is part of the israeli design group bakery, which will be showing in the upcoming salone satellite 2010, milan, italy

  • its really great post! great design, beautiful and minimal, well done

    fabiano circunflexo says:
  • Wow! Really good! )

    shibuta says:
  • the 3rd and 4th pictures look connected

    ben says:
  • the table is boring. the chair, however, is brilliant in form and ‘construction’. i wonder how well it sits–as it appears domed.

    f.stachio says:
  • Bom desenho
    Gosto deste estilo tipo ‘Luís Valido’

    Teresa Matos Beja says:
  • Best thing I have seen in ages – well done. I hope you do well out of this in Milan!

    Richard says:
  • It wakes up my wish to possess it! Where to buy it???

    monique says:
  • Great!

    FAB says:
  • Nice work Ran

    Dubi R says:
  • Good work, very modern. I like how simple they seem yet there is so much going on.

    Bryce says:
  • Las formas son interesantes, no se que tan cómodo sean los productos, pero La pérdida de material es una locura, en mi opinión Cuando uno diseña Debe sr CONSECUENTE con múltiples parámetros.

    javier (chile) says:
  • I really like the design of Ran Amita

    Cagsan says:
  • I’m not sure if the 3-legged chair is stable though. If the user tilt a little bit to the sides, will the chair topple?

    leowmc says:
  • behatzlecha beMilano!
    I enjoy your maquettes very much, and hope you will continue to explore ‘furniture’ in that direction. Some of the non-conventional forms are most interesting and i could definitely see them in situ.

    Linda Benveniste, Bezalel graphic design '79 says:
  • very 2002.

    think 2011. says:
  • fantastic welldone your work is off into……. great

    ak says:
  • good job dude, very nice

    Respect says:
  • What about material waste?? why don´t we start thinking about material optimization??? not so cool for me, and allready seen similar stuff applied on furniture… why don´t we start thinking about sustainability more seriously??

    JP says:

  • Congratulations on the beautiful design and production pieces

    steve 1.26.10 says:
  • simply amazing…good work

    liaqat says:
  • I really like the application of bends in the design of objects, congratulations!

    fy says:



    KOBI says:

    AJAY SEKAR says:
  • Me too, like it very much, good luck in Milan!

    Klaas says:
  • so cool storable and great chazak u’ baruch

    diane kaston says:
  • Caralho, que foda!

    Demian (Brasil) says:
  • The proposed folding method is a nice solution for a complicated form, even it’s not precise. The ovarall result is not ergonomic at all (convex seat) and maybe harmfull (at back support edges) I think it looks nice in closeup shots

    juan says:
  • wow, this is amazing!! i want some.

    Mr Vimes says:

    A.R.T. says:

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