Ran Amitai, a recent graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel, created “Nature of Material” as his final project at Bezalel.
Ran Amitai is part of new young Israeli design group, Bakery Design, which will be exhibiting their work at the upcoming 2010 Salone Satellite in Milan.
Description by Ran Amitai:
Nature of material is a series of stackable furniture. Every object is folded from a spread of laser cut aluminum sheet, which then bends to the final form using a bending mold. In the beginning I worked mainly with paper, making small scale models. Whenever I saw potential or a need to check stability I translated the small paper model in to a life size sheet metal model. The idea of the project is to combine straight origami like folds with natural folds.
All of the objects are created by planed and exact folds that create side effects of stretching and bending in the material. In other words, I am folding the legs of the objects and the surface above reacts naturally to the folding act. This integration between the strict and natural folds creates a steady construction from one hand and soft, organic, upholstery like shape from the other hand.