The thesis deals with questions of luxury
furniture in the 21st century, while trying to set new paradigms for a field of
design that has, in the last 30 years, collapsed into itself. The products are
made out of epoxy resin and reclaimed wood, materials not typical of luxury
design, used together on the basis of analyzing the user experience with
different types of furniture. The findings are used to determine the surface
requirements of individual elements of objects, which dictate the final form
and the way materials are combined.
The products that are a part of the thesis are made to be used long term,
made possible by the seemingly indestructible nature of resin. It is a constant
in the life cycle of the product and acts as a base upon which wooden, fragile
parts are added and easily replaced in case of breaking. The untreated and
unprotected wood welcomes all deformations, be it cuts or bruises, the
consequence of long term use, written on the surface as a story. Consequently,
dislocated in time and liberated from the context of their creations, the
objects don’t lose value. Rather, by evolving their appearance, they morph from
objects of utility, addressing everyday needs, into objects of sentiment, being
handed down from generation to generation.
The thesis seeks value in the intangible aspects of design, such as time, and
sets a mirror to antiquated ideologies of luxury design.