Foam Party - Seat Yourself by Martijn Rigters
by Harry / April 14, 2012


Martijn Rigters will be showing a system that utilizes an unlikely combination of mass production and hand-driven crafts to produce personalized chairs at Milan Design Week 2012.






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Rigters is a third year furniture design student at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in the Netherlands.


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During the Salone Del Mobile 2012 he will produce seating using an innovative flexible molding technique, based on mass production technology, to create made-to-measure designed foam chairs.


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In Rigters' view, "mass production has its benefits in terms of efficiency, but also results in every object being unpleasantly identical, lacking charm and ultimately, not contributing to what is key to design: individuality and personality, both by designer as well as possessors."


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To overcome the paradox, Rigters developed the flexible molding technique. "Using the human body as a living mold; visitors will be asked to co-create the seats by becoming part of the installation."


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"After a short production time of fifteen minutes, a fully fabricated seat is shaped and designed." A series of limited edition chairs will be produced on the spot at Studio Iroko, Via Voghera 11b in Milan from April 17 to 22, 2012.

+ martijnrigters.com


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