Objects In Between: a thoughtful design investigation

Ten German designers have teamed up for Objects In Between, an exhibition of objects that each explore the state of being undecided, in limbo and open to interpretation.

The show responds to a growing need for furniture that’s flexible, versatile and open to many different uses. Ever-smaller living environments, coupled with the increasing number of people who work, relax and socialise all in one space, are making the once-concrete categories of the home far less rigid. There’s a market emerging for objects that don’t try too hard to define themselves, and rooms that are comfortable being many things at once.

Thomas Schnur

Thomas Schnur‘s Station is “an object between cable drum and side table”. An extension cord dressed up as furniture, the piece offers charging for devices, and somewhere to store them while they juice up.

Aust & Amelung‘s Table and Bowl is a hybrid object that combines the features of each of its namesakes. Equally useful for resting a laptop on, serving drinks and storing keepsakes, the table could be used in a home office, a living room or a hallway.

Aust & Amelung

Made up of three handmade ceramic bowls and a wooden plate that’s been CNC milled, Meike Langer‘s Assemblage can be stacked together into a range of compositions. It’s inspired by “grown architecture” and the haphazard ways that cities develop over time. Mixing technologies, materials and making processes, the set also bridges the worlds of hand-making and industrial production.

Meike Langer

Meike Langer

Karoline Fesser‘s circular side table, Hide, presents two levels of open storage on one side, and a closed view on the other, leaving it up to the user whether they want to show off or cocoon their belongings. “It offers room for those things which you might not want to see all the time but [need] to have around,” says Fesser.

Karoline Fesser

Kai Linke‘s T(ubo) Chair suggests that the person sitting in it is the object that is “in between” – in this case, in between lying down and standing up. Powder-coated metal tubes connect the two upholstered surfaces, creating a pared-back chair with a light back support.

Kai Linke

Torsten Neeland‘s VOID, a glass carafe designed to hold infused waters and refreshments, harnesses the thermal potential of the space in between – by separating the surface of the object into two distinct layers of outer and inner.

Torsten Neeland

Laura Strasser‘s Porcelain Butler showcases the power of porcelain, a material that we often associate with fragility while simultaneously using around the home for its strength. Wood and Wool by Amaury Poudray is another material investigation: a knitted surface tops a wooden frame, creating a table that’s easily dismantled and moved about, and offering a softer surface than the ones we’re accustomed to.

Laura Strasser

Amaury Poudray

Amaury Poudray

Joa Herrenknecht‘s side tables, Mars & Pluto, are named after their surface textures: knitted copper and silver wire mesh are sandwiched between poured acrylic glass, creating a dreamy, crumpled tactility that brings to mind rippling waters, captured in motion.

Joa Herrenknecht

Joa Herrenknecht

Homebuildlife subscribers can read more about furniture innovations that fit the needs of the versatile home in our reports Micro Living,  Easy Assembly Furniture and Fresh Compositions.

– Sarah Housley

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