Pure Connections exhibition goals to "assist individuals rediscover nature"

Designers Inma Bermúdez, Moritz Krefter, Jorge Penadés and Alvaro Catalán de Ocón have created three playful wood furnishings items on present at Madrid Design Competition.

Devised by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Pure Connections was on present within the entrance corridor of the cultural constructing Matadero Madrid.

Prime: Pure Connections options playful furnishings items. Above: the exhibition happened within the Matadero Madrid

Every of the three furnishings items was designed to encourage interplay with wooden – with one performing as a bench, the opposite a climbing body and the third a dangling mild set up.

The designs had been created in response to a short supplied by AHEC, which sought items made by Spanish designers out of maple, cherry, and purple oak hardwoods sourced from American forests in an effort to encourage using the fabric.

The inside of a light installation at Natural Connections
Catalán de Ocón designed Nube, a dangling mild set up

“We challenged the design studios to current these chambers in a public house – in a public context – in order that guests get to expertise a connection,” AHEC European director David Venables informed Dezeen.

“The design groups labored with maple, cherry, and purple oak to create playful, authentic, and extremely modern installations that we hope will present engagement, pleasure and a connection for guests to those great pure supplies,” stated Venables.

The Lost Herd furniture pieces
Inma Bermúdez and Moritz Krefter created a number of “bovine-shaped” seats

Designer Catalán de Ocón created a six-metre-long hanging mild referred to as Nube  – which interprets to cloud in English – manufactured from 4,000 interconnected spherical and cylindrical particular person items of wooden.

Nube is lit by a number of LED lights that had been positioned in the course of the hole construction. A brass cable runs from the bass into the mesh construction, branching into constructive and destructive electrical currents.

Optimistic poles run by means of the cherry wooden whereas destructive poles run by means of the maple items, which kind an entire circuit after they contact and illuminate the bulbs.

The Lost Herd by Inma Bermúdez and Moritz Krefter
Guests can perch on the benches and contact the woods

Its design was knowledgeable by Catalán de Ocón’s fascination with the manufacturing course of for small utilitarian wood objects reminiscent of pegs, matches and blinds.

“I used to be impressed by the little match or the pencil, or the wood pin for hanging the garments – these sorts of producing methods, the place you get an object which is repeated over and time and again,” Catalán de Ocón informed Dezeen.

Wrap installation at Madrid Design Festival
Jorge Penadés produced a bleacher-style construction

In the meantime, La Manada Perdida, or The Misplaced Herd, by Inma Bermúdez and Moritz Krefter was influenced by the Matadero’s former perform as a slaughterhouse and cattle market.

The Spanish design duo produced a sequence of purple oak, maple and cherry benches for Pure Connections that reference equine and bovine animals reminiscent of horses and cows. The items got minimal ending to imitate the feel of the tree they got here from.

“They seem as benches or seats, however their design goes past furnishings to include facets of creativeness and play to assist individuals encounter and rediscover nature,” stated AHEC.

Madrid-based designer Penadés responded to the pure connections theme by producing a tiered seating piece referred to as Wrap that’s related by ball joints.

The designer, who is understood for his inside initiatives with Spanish footwear model Camper, glued and rolled 0.7-millimetres-thick items of cherry veneer into tubes to create tubular hole parts, which kind a bleacher-style seat when joined collectively.

Natural Connections furniture by Jorge Penadés
Wrap is comprised of skinny rolls of cherry veneer

Pure Connections is considered one of a number of exhibitions at Madrid Design Competition, a month-long occasion that sees a design programme take over the Spanish metropolis. After the exhibition ends, the furnishings will stay within the cultural centre for a 12 months.

Additionally at this 12 months’s version is Sluggish Spain, an exhibition by college college students that goals to discover American hardwoods and aware furnishings consumption.

Final 12 months noticed lighting designer Antoni Arola and Spanish mild producer Simon use a smoke machine, lasers and a small tree to create Fiat Lux 3 Architectures of Mild.

Pure Connections is on present at Matadero Madrid as a part of Madrid Design Competition 2023, which takes place from 14 February to 12 March. See Dezeen Occasions Information for details about the various different exhibitions, installations and talks going down all through the month.

The images is courtesy of AHEC.

Challenge credit:

Designers: Inma Bermúdez and Moritz Krefter, Alvaro Catalán de Ocón, Jorge Penadés
Companions: American Hardwood Export Council, Matadero Madrid, Madrid Design Competition, Tamalsa