Reconsidering the relationship between furniture and the built environment, ROOMS puts living spaces into furniture. ROOMS is composed of three independent furniture system : Area, Block, Wall. Each furniture system has a programming mode of the space (condense, split, delimit) and consists of a module assembly, adjustable to the constraints of the spatial organization of habitat.
AREA : Defining a room within a room
Area defines a semi-enclosed space inside a room. This ‘space in parentheses’ becomes the ideal place for doing something else: withdrawing from company to read, have a quiet talk, play or work without being interrupted. Modular and reconfigurable in its design, Area lends itself to varied arrangements depending on the form of its base, the direction of its vertical blades, the presence or absence of tablettes, its freestanding presence with regard to the building or its being leaned against one or several walls. The dimensions of all its components can be changed.
WALL : Fractioning a room into several spaces
Wall breaks up space into several sub-spaces, enabling varied activities or functions to be present simultaneously. It is composed of vertical modules that form a partition with several folds, self-supporting and partly in openwork. The main module, a Y-shaped structural fork, defines the directions faced by the folds. Working from this vertical member, identical modules in solid milled oak interlock one with the other to give each fold of the partition the required dimension. The modules are milled with slots that carry the consoles, which are in turn supports for fixing tablettes or plateaux onto the partition face. The assemblage of these components rigidifies the entire installation.
BLOCK : Condensing several spaces within a single room
Block groups functions that are usually spread over several spaces, bringing them together as shown here in a single arrangement. Around a central structuring core dedicated to storage various modules are articulated. The version of Block shown here is configured as an ad hoc living space, complete with sleeping raft, small work area and stairs, enclosing storage units with or without doors. Block uses industrial techniques of cutting and assembling panels to shape prefabricated modules, which function either independently or with others to define space. Once assembled, the various modules form a block within a single room.
Photos: ©Colombe Clier