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Dutch designer Martijn Rigters has developed this sofa by simple slicing foam techniques, originally exclusive for test model production. As the cutting is set along a linear path, the sofa’s principle geometry is a long undulating extrusion, which was manipulated by the artist with each curve informing and flowing into the next. Each shift in geometry is controlled by parameters such as temperature, movement and adjusting the wire shape to create a variety of ways to interact with the sofa.

Arch2o-Foam cut Furniture  Martijn Rigters  (5)

Courtesy of Martijn Rigters

The sofa breaks the scale of typical foam cutting, creating a type of sedimentary geometry from a method that is usually reserved to hand held building models.

Arch2o-Foam cut Furniture  Martijn Rigters  (3)

Courtesy of Martijn Rigters

Martijn embraced the cutting method’s semi-unpredictable nature of movement within the wire, to create a furniture which celebrated its own making.  The Sofa has been made with a single Block of EPS and after the form was complete, it was painted in the rich red colour, further expressing its artificiality and extrovert nature.

By Geoff Eberle

Courtesy of Martijn Rigters

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