Geomorph Bench for Mekal

Type
Product design
Author
Fernanda Marques
Project Name
Geomorph
Project start date
2009
Project completion date
2010
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Geomorph Bench for Mekal

It was in late 2009 that architect Fernanda Marques began researching the use of stainless steel in the manufacture of contemporary furniture, in collaboration with steelmakers Mekal, a Brazilian company which specialises in the material. At the same time, Fernanda had become interested in giving her projects a more authorial aspect – by designing furniture to go with them.
“It was when I was commissioned to design a kind of garage / lounge. My client was a young bold entrepreneur and an art and design aficionado, and very fond of motorbikes and speed”, says the architect.
For him Fernanda designed a multipurpose space. A space where he could unwind and entertain.

The owner’s express brief was that the space should be as transparent as possible to integrate with the lush tropical vegetation on the site – hence the choice for a glass box – and contain signed designer pieces, contemporary art and, essentially, practical and versatile furnishings.
So this is how she came up with the idea to build a bench, or rather a seating system made from stainless steel. The starting point were the architect’s musings on kinetic art. The result is a piece of strong spatial presence, whose versatility is obvious and clearly incorporates the idea of movement into its design.

“Just like kinetic art broke away from the stillness of painting, my bench is intended to leave behind the fixed condition of furniture”, explains Fernanda, who designed a piece capable of dividing into several others and, thanks to the material, can be used both indoors and outdoors, doing away with the limit between interior and exterior.

Technical specifications:

Made to order, the Infinite Steel Stool by architect Fernanda Marques is made up of XX independent modules that fit alongside one another, each one weighing about 22kg. Consistently with the design concept itself, there is no limit to how many units can be put together in each piece - hence the Infinite in its name.

Each module is formed from folded steel sheets, welded and lined with laminate. The sheets are textured and have a satin finish. The units bear the trait of continuity in themselves, as they fit alongside one another – without touching.

To the architect, few materials are as contemporary as stainless steel. As well as being, among the materials used in the building industry, one of the least environmentally harmful. “It is fully recyclable – it can be reused indefinitely once it reaches the end of a long life of service, without losing any of its quality”, says Fernanda.

To the architect, few materials are as contemporary as stainless steel. As well as being, among the materials used in the building industry, one of the least environmentally harmful. “It is fully recyclable – it can be reused indefinitely once it reaches the end of a long life of service, without losing any of its quality”, says Fernanda.

According to her, the material is also very easy to clean and rust-resistant. But there are more strengths to it. In addition to all the naturally sustainable traits of stainless steel, Mekal only uses coal extracted from preserved areas of the Brazilian soil as the source of energy in its processes.