'Conceptual' Looks Like Too Much Fun For Designer Rolf Sachs
For a man who's created perfect designs all his professional life, Rolf Sachs seems to have become bored with beauty and more focused on a conceptual approach, perhaps one where art imitates life and all its imperfections. That's cool, because he's clearly having so much fun conceptualizing furniture, he has even actualized a Smart ForTwo car, and he exhibited both in Milan.
Sachs named his furniture exhibit in Milan "flawless/imperfection" (note the words in bold type). He said it was "inspired by my curiosity of the imperfections in humans and daily life. We try to distance ourselves from the typically 'flawless' design attributes of the past decade and aim to create designs that demonstrate conceptual rather than decorative ideas. I also try to bring an underlying sense of hymour, surprise and nostalgia to my work, trying to change people's perceptions." (via)
Now you understand why he had so much fun, but here's what he had so much fun doing, starting with Ginger and Fred. Recognize anything?
Look closely at the splintery stuff sticking out of the Dirty Thoughts chair. There are also blisters on its Kevlar surface.
The above two chairs are recent designs by Rolf Sachs, but the imperfect chairs below, designed in 2006, were also shown at the Milan Furniture Fair this month. First the Spineless Chair, made of silicone.
And No Rest for the Rust Chair, though it appears to be made out of wood, it is at least covered in Cor-Ten steel, the trademark name for a group of alloys that creates a rusty weatherproofing finish.
Now, as if Mr. Sachs was not having enough fun designing his conceptual furniture, take a look at what he did with the Smart ForTwo. He calls his design the sprinkle, and it's every bit as bright and spirited and individualistic as the chairs in the flawless/imperfection exhibit. The Smart ForTwo sprinkle was on display in Milan at the ZonaTortona.
Isn't it sweet? The Smart ForTwo sprinkle, a limited edition car, comes with a "vanity mirror, personalized voodoo doll (with sharp pencils to exorcise potential road rage) and clip-papers" (via) to match the pattern of the car. They can all be attached to the magnetic dash.
Just too much fun!