27 Dec 2011 • Seating
Best Students of 2011 (#14)
Scottish furniture and fabric designer Catherine Aitken is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, UK.
Inspired by actions of organization like stacking and rolling, Aitken designed Bundle, a bench and stool with a removable component.
‘I wanted to make a collection of furniture that encourages touch,’ Aitken says. ‘As a textile designer I’m interested in exploring materials, through understanding and negotiating form and pattern with a greater sensitivity.’
She began by covering wooden dowels in merino felt of Waterborn by Kvadrat. The result encourages interaction, as the user must unroll Bundle to create the bench cover, or roll it up to form a stool.
Aitken says she hopes to further develop the product and its joining methods to create a bigger, more architecture object using the same technique.
Photos courtesy James Champion.