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 Adriana Siso

Adriana Siso launched Molecule Design in September 2010, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Molecule is the extension of a previous furniture design store that was founded in 2003 as an expansion on a career in fine art, which she pursued for more than 30 years.

She brings her talents and uncompromising quest for practical and original products to the world of home furnishings and space design. Molecule carries contemporary industrial designer products that are approachable, remarkable, cutting edge, made to last, life enhancing, sometimes irreverent, and timeless.

Later in 2006, Adriana started the process of conceiving the new showroom space that would house the store. Partly sustainable, the structure was built out of 11 recycled 40′ cargo containers. Completed in December 2010, it became the first cargo container building in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Always an explorer, Adriana loves to engage in the realms of discovery and innovation. InContext/Molecule Design’s Magazine, launched in December 2011, is the venue where she collects the great stories of creative thinkers, who in our current state of affairs, sometimes under great pressures and working outside the realm of imposed standards, achieve the impossible. It has been known that in times of great crisis, design flourishes. It is Molecule’s mission to show this light.

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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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