Birth of an idea – Sketch Furniture, 2005

Is it possible to let a first sketch become an object, to design directly onto space?  The four FRONT members have developed a method to materialise free hand sketches. They make it possible by using a unique system where two advanced techniques are combined. Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture and become 3D digital files; these are then materialised through Rapid Prototyping into real pieces of furniture, shown first at Art Basel Miami / Design with Barry Friedman Gallery Ltd ( New York ) and Tokyo Design Week.   Source: Front Projects.

The conceptual design group initiated the experience for Sketch Furniture from drawing in space with light, from there devised how to translate the gesture into an actual graphic representation and further into a completed 3-d object.  FRONT is known to have created design with impossible characteristics that seem to defy the laws of nature. In the Magic collection, inspired by magician’s props, design pieces are made to make other objects disappear, a lamp that levitates, a chair balances on one leg and a chest of drawers separates and floats away.  Some of their themes have materialized around animals, like in Designed By Animals, where rodents or snakes imprint materials by their natural behavior, markings that are later cast into other materials to become completed pieces.

Front designed the famous Rabbit, Pig and Horse lamps for Moooi, as well as Blow Away Vase.  They have also designed for Droog Design, Vlaemsch and others.  They won the 2007 Designer Of The Future Award, at Design Miami/ Basel.

Front members met while students in the Industrial design program at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack) in Stockholm, Sweden:  Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken, Anna Lindgren and Katja Sävström. The company was established in Stockholm in February 2003.

About Molecule Design

Molecule embraces fresh ideas in contemporary industrial design in the area of home decor. Innovation that includes technological practices in the development of products that bring updated attitudes about space and objects of use is what keeps founder Adriana Siso going. Molecule is proud to be currently partnering with some of the best contemporary national, and international home decor design firms, as well as local award-winning product designers and artists. Sustainability is one of the areas of interest and ongoing explorations for Molecule, offering also products that are made from 100% recycled plastics, harvested woods, green foams, and recycled cottons. The store is located in Santa Fe, NM. Through the year Molecule organizes multiple product introductions and art and design events. Sign Up to our newsletter in order to keep up with our activities, and be the first to find out when we do sales, product intros, and many other events, http://www.molecule-design.com/#subscribe. If you are Trade, definitely sign up here http://www.molecule-design.com/trade-services-registration, to take advantage of trade benefits, we'd love to work with you.

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  1. […] Some of their themes have materialized around Animals, Computer games, Technology, how objects are imagined, Light Gestures in space that are formed into furniture. Front designed the famous Rabbit, Pig and Horse lamps for Moooi and they have also designed for Droog Design, Vlaemsch and others.  See Front's products.  Birth of an Idea, motion caption and rapid prototyping – watch video. […]

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