While working with a company that develops prototype cars for Renault and other French car companies, Norguet became inspired by seeing how they fabricated fiberglass, making structures that were both thin and strong. “I took the material from its manufacturing environment and applied it to the design world,” says Norguet.
The borrowing of materials from one arena and using them in another is common for Norguet, who started his career designing window displays and creating special events for Louis Vuitton. He has since moved freely in the worlds of fashion and luxury goods, architecture and interiors, as well as product and furniture design... >
“I don’t think you stumble across innovation,” says Luke Pearson, of PearsonLloyd. “You have to find a Strategy to get there.
“You have to find a way to create from a blank canvas by surrounding yourself with the components of knowledge. We design from the ground up so we can always ask first, ‘Why are things like this?’ This is the only way to find innovation.”
When design partners Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd decided to apply this strategy for innovation to what Pearson calls the “old and established archetype” of a cantilevered chair, they set out first to understand why so little had changed in the chairs’ design over the years. Their answer lay in the materials. “The steel tubes at the heart of these chairs are a very easy material to use... >
Designers are generally a dissatisfied lot.
When they use an object, they want to change it, redesign it, make it better, or make it more closely fit their idea of what the thing should be. When the question arises, “Does the world really need another sofa, table, or shelf?”, their answer is a resounding “Yes.” They are optimistic with just enough ego to say, “Not only do we require new versions of what we already have, but I am the person to make this product more functional, versatile, beautiful, unexpected, or elegant…” And they are also opportunistic, finding myriad ways to more fully utilize, exploit, subvert, or reinvent materials, manufacturing processes, technical innovations, and production techniques.
Furniture designers may love or revile the computer, but if... >