Hungarian textile designer Kata Monus has incorporated the textile philosophy in designing furniture. The designer has made the textile an integral part of the object, placing it among the artistically hand-made, limited edition furniture pieces.
As a textile designer student, her method with designing furniture is of a different kind: she focused on the contact of different quality materials to have an impact on both shape and function. In this object, soft material meets a different quality one, and this way it departs from the usual schemes of furniture design and makes the textile an integral part of the object far beyond practical application.
It consists of two pieces of body, made of ash, and a circle-knitted textile structure connecting them. The extension of the textile part can be adjusted by moving the wooden elements against one another, by separating or just piecing them together. Here, the textile goes beyond its application and becomes an independent component of the object, connecting the two ashen elements as a knitted structure running through holes.
The completed object does not put an emphasis on bare functionality. Just as in clothes design there is a clear division between “haute couture” (high quality and spectacular but not particularly functional clothes) and “prêt-à-porter” (clothes designed for everyday use), a similar difference also appears in contemporary furniture designing. This object resembles features which place it among artistically handcrafted, limited edition and design-oriented pieces of furniture – haute furniture?
“My object is a piece of an experiment. “Gesture furniture” might be a proper label for it, since it is a materialization of my thoughts and feelings in an object which stands between design and fine art. The designing process can also be conceived as searching for and finally finding a way. I also consider the further development of this conception possible, and in the future I would be pleased to be involved in the realization of furniture of similar philosophy.”
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