This project triggered my desire to explore the playfulness and unexpectedness, of a commonly used industrial technique, the blow forming, arising when employed in a craftsmanship perspective.
The realisation is in aluminium, chosen for its lightness and its resistance regarding weather conditions, especially water, used to expand it. By altering its structure, the technique offers the possibility to witness the transformation of very malleable and soft shapes into very light and robust pieces.
How to give back uniqueness to fast furniture icons, which most important value is to be affordable by the majority ? Reinterpret classics, such as the Ikea Lack table, was for me to put in perspective and make us question the actual value of object that surrounds us.
To me, these items cannot be considered durable, due to their short life cycle. Towards consuming less, quality is an undeniable important component. Introducing it in our homes through a commonly present piece of furniture in order to re-portray the way we live and our relation to what surrounds us.
My concern regarding the amount of waste we produce led me to calculate and organise the pieces and shapes onto as little material as possible. Leftovers were used in the realisation of different pieces, and what could not be used anymore was melted and casted into other objects. The pressure valves were welded onto tubes to allow them to be used dozens times instead of having a single use life cycle.
The choice of aluminium was the upshot of avoiding to be wasteful by using steel, easier material to work with, although non water tolerant, which would have led into delivering fragile and rusting from within pieces.
Table scale models experiments