Reused parachute material folded around welded steel frames make up this accumulation of armchairs and screens by Benjamin Hubert’s plan office Layer and design studio Raeburn.
Included three low-set recliners and one screen, the Canopy accumulation was conceived from Layer and Raeburn’s consolidated enthusiasm for “recontextualising undervalued materials”.
The two studios looked to Raeburn’s archives to perceive how the brand had already repurposed surplus parachutes to make explanation fashion pieces. These thoughts were then created to reach out to furniture design.
Welded steel systems gave a “blank canvas” for the designers, empowering them to make the parachute material the champion component in every item.
“The Canopy Collection uses the strict geometry of the steel frames as a base on which to experiment with innovative and forward-thinking recycled parachute upholstery,” said the makers.
“[It] is tuned into the semantics of a parachute in flight – the lounge chair gently rocks back and forth whilst the re-configurable screen takes inspiration from the section and construction of a wing,” they included.
The designers concentrated explicitly on utilizing surplus ex-military parachutes and flying machine brake parachutes, produced using ultra-dainty ripstop nylon material, and worked with one of the head sewer at Raeburn to make the completed items.
While every one of the three of the rocking have a similar structure, each piece intends to feature an alternate nature of the parachute material, from a “highly-controlled and simple expression” to a “raw, sculptural form”.
Two of the chair designs boast an increasingly tousled look, accomplished by draping layers of the parachute material over their system. One highlights a blend of white and peachy tones, while the other is hued in a palette of blacks and grays.
The other style sees a multi-coloured parachute material firmly folded over its metal structure for a rigid get done with, making it more clear what reason the material once served.
Every one of the textiles were verified with a blend of covered zips and diverse material procedures, including shrouded creases and French creases. Additional parachute material has been folded over the armrests.
A similar method of tightly extending the material over its casing was utilized for the screens, which are separated into three connected segments.
The form of every one of the screens was educated by the graphic, colour-block design of the green, orange and white parachute, which highlights crossing lines that play with light as it goes through the translucent material.
As indicated by Hubert, perhaps the greatest test was templating from the military parachutes, as they contain existing panels, notwithstanding being enormous in size and round in structure.
As opposed to making “pseudo-panels”, the creators needed to utilize the parachute as it might have been.
“At the core of the Raeburn brand is our Remade in England approach,” said the brand’s inventive director Christopher Raeburn.
“The Canopy Collection has resulted in a truly unique opportunity for both brands to test, learn and ultimately achieve a project that’s as unexpected as it is experimental,” he proceeded.
“Raeburn shares our passion for sustainable and responsible design,” included Hubert. “Together, we have translated the label’s iconic use of upcycled parachute material into an exciting exploration of form and materiality in furniture.”
The collection was propelled during London Design Festival a week ago, which kept running from 14 to 22 September 2019, and was shown in Raeburn’s new focal London store.
Layer additionally discharged an collection of pendant lamps at the current year’s London Design Festival. Made for Danish furniture brand Muuto, the Strand lighting collection is made utilizing a stringy polymer material, expected to copy the silkworm’s demonstration of “self-wrapping”.
Layer’s Benjamin Hubert was as of late reported as a speaker at the forthcoming Dezeen Day conference, which is occurring in London on 30 October.
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