Chippensteel 0.5 is a fine example of blending FiDU process and craftmanship.
The 2D form is cut from metal sheet and goes through welding and inflating, becoming three dimensional functional chair. The finishing touch by designer and craftsman gives it a final beauty.
Oskar Zieta is a designer who since 2003 has been working as a research associate and a teaching assistant at the chair of CAAD at the ETH in Zurich and writing his doctoral thesis under supervision of Prof. Dr. Ludger Hovestadt. The main focus of his thesis is the input of computer-controlled machines in processing of metal sheets in the architecture and design. During his research at the ETH, Oskar Zieta has developed different methods of enhancing efficiency of technology for steel design, architecture and construction. The main topic was the use of steel sheets as a construction element – cheap, easy to shape and efficient. The problem with steel sheets is stability – the work was focused on how to reach the desired stability of steel sheets to be able to use them as construction elements.
Many different technologies were developed - among others, FIDU technology. In 2008 Oskar Zieta introduced to the market, manufactured by HAY, his PLOPP stool. The unique, toy-looking and playful shape of Plopp is an effect of the innovative forming method called FIDU. FIDU technology means that two ultra-thin steel sheets are welded together around their edges and inflated under high pressure to give a 3d object. FIDU enables mass production of individualized shapes. Forms made in FIDU are very light but also very durable. Since its market release, the Plopp stool has been shown on many exhibitions around the world and has won many prestigious awards – including Red Dot Design Award 2008, German Design Council Award 2008 and Forum AID Award 2009.