At Toronto’s Interior Design Show (Jan 21-24), designer Khalil Jamal presents his first furniture collection. This vibrant set explores colour, shape, and material, realized with playful twists on a seat, side table, and shelving unit.
Influenced by the sensational forms and colours employed by Italy’s Memphis Group, Piet Mondrian’s reductionist paintings, and reconfigurable children’s toys, the set presents artfully-designed objects that invite interaction.
In the era of mass customization where individuals can easily modify a product’s appearance and features to fit their exact needs, the consumer is far more involved in the creation of the objects that make up their environments. “With this collection, I wanted to facilitate the personalization of ordinary objects. While the forms and their components are fixed, I purposely made each piece modular and reconfigurable so that an arrangement of compositions can be created to accommodate any space,” says Jamal.
The collection features:
Like a paper clip holds sheets of paper together, a bent aluminum frame grasps four soft cushions. Each cushion is upholstered in a wool fabric, reminiscent of industrial felt, and trimmed with piping. A bolster adds lower lumbar comfort. Users are invited to rearrange the cushions, use them as floor cushions, or push a cluster of Clip chairs together to make a couch or bench.
The Neo-neo shelf breathes 3D life into the iconic Mondrian paintings. The aluminum frame and removable shelves recall the sharp black lines and white, yellow, red, and blue blocks that defined the Dutch artist’s most recognizable work. The shelves slide into any of the frame’s rails and when removed, double as trays ? complete with rounded slots for handling.
Drawing inspiration from an iconic children’s toy, this side table offers numerous configurations by inviting the user to playfully re-stack the 22 rings along the centre post. Each disc is made of thick felt adhered to thin aluminum powder-coated in vibrant primary colours.
ABOUT KHALIL JAMAL
A Vancouver expat residing in Toronto, Khalil Jamal is an industrial designer with experience in public art and architectural products. He experiments with new and old materials and fabrication processes to create housewares, hardware and large-scale installations.