Being a student at Ecole Boulle, it was required of me to create a piece of furniture design for my final year. The theme of the year was nature // denature. the idea was to create a project inspired by that theme, and craft it from concept to a fully materialized and functional object.
Out of personal interest, I focused my research on technology and robotics, in my opinion, robots are mankind’s continuity and extension. Man is therefore meant to be denatured, physically and mentally, through the technological progress which, in our modern society, is rapidly evolving.
This half breed, half nature // half technological, is precisely what i wanted to illustrate through my project. My question at the time was, how could this be embodied by a furniture object.
With all that in mind, I decided to fabricate a technological console. Its outside lines are straight and precise tending towards simplicity and a certain form of futurism.The inherent technology would be revealed through a series of small gaps allowing the eye to see the engraved electrical circuits and components in transparency. These elements emerge from the veneer, as if they were taking control over the console, taking control of us.
This project represents various things, for instance, our direct link with nature, as well as the implication and dependance that we have with technology, but it mostly shows the transition between two eras, the march of time.
it all begins somewhere // the pile of wood used to create the console
CAD designs later used for laser cutting and engraving