Well here it is, the eagerly anticipated side B of RnB [the reDesign project].
The reDesign project is an experiment into using music as inspiration in the design process, we ‘remix’ existing designs according to various musical genres, with the hope of making design as expressive as music.
Rietveld’s Red/Blue was one of the most revolutionary chairs of the 20th century and now nearly a hundred years later the revolution continues.
D-W-A [working with music] draws its inspiration from the music industry where sampling, remixing, covers and collaborations are commonplace.
The reDesign project is based on a 12” vinyl single release and is realized at a scale of 1:3 so as to keep the pieces around 12″. This iconic chair has been interpreted according to various musical genres including down tempo, chill-out and dub.
As Rietveld continued to work on his Red/Blue throughout his life, so to has The Dza continued to work with his idea of altering the original according to various musical genres.
RnB Lounge [Fusion]
Is a fusion of styles from the beginning and end of the last century. Jazz was the most popular musical style at the beginning of the 20th century a time when the chaise was also popular. This is combined with the most popular style of music from the end of the 20th century, Hip Hop. The result is a fusion of the new and old, as Guru did with his Jazzmatazz series of records. With the extended armrest you can practice your Cadillac lean. The result is a contemporary version of a classic piece of furniture.
RnB Lounge has been made using the original drawings; the proportions and angles have been altered.
‘Loungin’, loungin’, mellow out and just loungin’’ R.I.P. Guru
RnB Dubstar [Dub]
Is inspired by dub music, a genre that started in Jamaica back in the 60’s and 70’s. It all started with some low-tech instrumentals of popular singles, and from those early days it grew into one of the most influential genres of the 20th century. RnB Dudstar is an homage to those early day when a few pioneering producers changed the music world forever. Dub is traditionally bass heavy, and uses echoes and repetition a lot. With this in mind Dza made the chair using heavier section battens, a wider seat and back, an increased back angle. With the addition of upholstery this makes the chair far more comfortable than even RnB King Tubby.
RnB Dubstar has been made using the original drawings; the proportions and angles have been altered.
RnB Blackstar [Black and Proud] [Down tempo]
Is a complete redesign of all the original dimensions and angles. The result is a more comfortable version of the design icon, the seat is higher and wider and the back angle has been increased. Some say that a lower seat makes a chair appear more comfortable, this may be true. However comfort comes from the use of an object, thus Dza has raised the seat to make it more comfortable to get in and out of.
RnB Blackstar has been made using the original drawings; the proportions and angles have been altered.
RnB Sofa King [Chill-out]
Is the ultimate sofa, taking the original little chair and redesigning it for the new world, that it was such a large part in creating. Dza wanted to make a version that you could relax on in comfort with a friend, mellow out and just lounge. The addition of upholstery makes this sofa a product for the 21st centaury. RnB Sofa King has been made using the original drawings; the proportions and angles have been altered.
These experiments have led us to conclude that music can help design change the world.
All tracks reDesigned and produced by The Dza. © 2011 ? 2012
RnB Covers is in production.