Ever since the beginning of modern design, there has been a discourse on the use of ornament versus functionality, and crafts versus industry. The ornament has always been an important aspect of their furniture design work and the digital era allows many new perspectives on the discourse. Looking at a globalized world that is growing increasingly uniform, Joris Laarman believes ornament and personalization are becoming more and more important.
The Vortex pieces were inspired by the research on computational vortex methods by Mark J. Stock of the University of Michigan. With this method on modern furniture, vortexes showing seemingly chaotic behavior, visualized in beautiful sheets, can be controlled.
Employing this knowledge in their contemporary designs allows users to decide how much ornamentation they want, like a duel between functionality and ornament, a play between good and bad. Mark J. Stock’s work is suffused with extremely dynamic and richly detailed imagery. Doesn’t this modern bookcase look absolutely amazing? The design brand completely takes furniture design to a whole new concept.
This furniture design is available in bookcase and console form, a creation that plays with versatility and functionality. The production of the Vortex Console was engineered in such a way that it would allow Joris Laarman to create a new variation every time. Multiple layers of perforated aluminum contours are assembled following a digital blueprint.
As the Vortex Bookcase was meant to be an edition of the same object, they developed a pressure mold system for laminating thin aluminum sheets. The molds and the fabrication process themselves turned out to be spectacular to look at.