A curved chair made using a simple folded strip
In this project the designers wanted to achieve a graceful rounded three-dimensional surface using the most simple pattern - a singular linear strip. Turning flat material into three dimensional volumetric shapes can be done in many ways: from pattern making in fashion to complex origami folding. This project is all about the effortlessness of its geometry.
To emphasize the simplicity of a rectangular strip being turned into this rounded curvaceous armchair the designers used Kvadrat Hallingdal 65 textile, a ‘warp and woof’ fabric, where two different coloured yarns are woven perpendicular to each other. By pulling out the warp, the longitudinal thread in a roll, more of the woof’s colour is exposed thus creating a linear graphic that emphasises the shape and geometry of Kenny.
This official collaboration between Yael Mer & Shay Alkalay started after many years of sharing life, thoughts and ideas. Yael’s main focus includes turning two-dimensional sheet materials into curvaceous functional forms, whereas Shay is fascinated by how things move, function and react.
Since their graduation show at the Royal College of Art in 2006, they have received several highly respected awards including The British Council Talented Award, iF Gold Award, Dutch Design Award, Wallpaper* Design Award 2009 and the Elle Decoration International Design Award for best furniture of 2008_09 and awarded as the Designer of the Future for 2009 from Design Miami/ Basel.
Their works have been exhibited internationally and can be found within the permanent collection of the MoMA New-York and other museums. They for clients including Cappellini,
￼Established & Sons, Kvadrat, Stella McCartney, Arco, Mutina, Lema and in addition, Yael & Shay produce from time to time unique and limited-edition designs and installations within their own studio in London. Their work has been featured in many major design publications and newspapers worldwide.