27 Dec 2011 • Seating
Best Students of 2011 (#15)
French product designer Adrian Blanc is a graduate of the University of Art and Design, Switzerland.
Blanc says having been raised in India, he had the opportunity to watch local artisans at work. Deeply influence by this aesthetic of ‘ folk furniture,’ he studied traditional crafts, notably barrel making. No glue, screws or nails were used – instead, two metal rings hold all pieces together.
‘I used this construction method to create basic furniture that can be assembled easily,’ Blanc explains. ‘The end result – Dowels - is an interesting mix between simple traditional objects shaped to answer technical questions.’
The easy-to-assemble chair is made of four wooden pieces wedged together in a compact way, held by two metallic rings. Blanc says his goal is to create ‘folk furniture’ with a modern edge in the 21st century.
Photos courtesy ÉCAL.