Ostrea Sofa by Annika Göransson

May 27, 2010

Annika Göransson, a 26 year old Swedish design student at the Danish Design School, has recently won a competition from the Upholstery Guild in Copenhagen, with the Ostrea Sofa.

Full description after the photos….

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Ostrea Sofa by Annika Göransson

My name is Annika Göransson, I am a 26 years old Swedish design student living in Copenhagen. I study my second year at the Danish Design School with focus on furniture- and industrial design. I strive to create products that are both physically and visually interesting and raises curiosity. Experimenting with contrasts is also an important part of my work.

I recently won the Upholstery competition initiated by the Upholstery Guild in Copenhagen. The Upholstery Guild celebrates its 550 years anniversary this year and wanted to draw attention to the fact that traditional upholstery craftsmanship, through industrialization, is moving further and further away from our part of the world. 25 students from the Danish Design School took part in the competition with their innovative upholstery furniture. Six designs were chosen and the finalists created their furniture in full scale, in collaboration with six furniture upholsterer.

After the award ceremony in the Copenhagen City Hall  the furniture has been exhibited at the Danish Museum of Art and Design. At the moment and until the end of August all the furniture are being exhibited at Skagen Odde Naturcenter in Denmark.

The winning design

My furniture is named Ostrea and is a two-seats sofa for the public space. I was inspired by the 19th century’s bombastic divans and armchairs, which were richly decorated with tassels, fringes and drapes. I converted the old ornamentation into structures and I translated the bombastic shapes into a flowing, organic form. The oyster’s structure and colours also inspired me, hence the name which means oyster in Latin. I further worked with the contrast between rough and smooth, light and dark.

The construction of the sofa consist of a base sculptured out in dense styrofoam. The sofa is covered partly with cold foam for comfort, the woolen fabrics are glued on and sewn together by hand. The orange thread defines the flexible part of the sofa and is also hand sewn.

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