The project was presented at Design Miami/Basel earlier this month by Kram/Weisshaar, who were one of four Designers of the Future commissioned to produce new work for the fair.
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CLEMENS WEISSHAAR AND REED KRAM NAMED DESIGNERS OF THE FUTURE BY DESIGN MIAMI/BASEL
Design Miami/Basel, the most prominent and substantive global forum for historic and contemporary limited-edition design, has named Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram as its 2008 Designers of the Future. On this occasion a comissioned piece of work will be exhibited at Design Miami/ Basel, which took place in Basel, Switzerland from June 3 – 5, 2008.
Titled VENDÔME, this body of work takes a precondition of endless transformation as its point of departure. The designers parametrically generate a family of objects with different typologies including stools, pedestals and tables of different height.
VENDOÔME can be referred to as a logical continuation of their early and crucial project BREEDING TABLES (2003-05) in which Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram paradigmatically outlined their approach of intelligently intertwining product development and media design, while taking advantage of the newest technological possibilities.
The design of the VENDOÔME series is developed within and documented by a piece of software that generates an infinite number of proposals within a defined framework while flexibly reacting to changing parameters (as e.g. the height, width or depth of the object). The proposals are then singled out and fine-tuned by the designers using the software.
By the press of a button a selected geometry can be processed and the geometry for the casting mould is generated and passed on to numerically controlled machines.
By engaging custom programmed code the potential of an industrial process is exploited to produce unique copies – the final pieces are rotationally moulded using coloured self compacting fibre reinforced concrete.
VENDOÔME consists of 99 objects in total of which a selection is to be presented in an Installation in Basel accompanied by a film documenting the genesis and exodus of the project.