Graft Object is a design studio based in Seoul. Our focus is to design objects of insightful and creative implications, rather than settling purely on functionality. Mainly, this process involves identifying a variety of objects around us and grafting such objects with furniture.
Furniture as Architecture: Arch bundle is our first project to graft an architectural idea with furniture. Our inspiration for the project comes from cross-vaulting, which is a result of intersecting two barrel vaults – common tectonic elements- at a right angle.
The structural functionality of an intersected vault is not only useful for spanning architectural elements, but also to support people. Here, the apron and the legs are combined into a single structural element, the vault. With this vault-structure, we were able to keep the form comparatively slender at the bottom while retaining the capacity to support heavy loads. Structural strength and a sense of architectural aesthetics are achieved simultaneously in this design.
The Arch-Bundle does not compromise practicality over aesthetics, or vice-versa. The four stools can be stacked neatly on top of the table for cleaning implications, and provides unexpected sculptural qualities even in this non-use arrangement.
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