TRANSPARENT SURFACES 

 

Experimenting with light, shades and contrast in space and furniture

Fascinated by the brutalistic architecture of the abandoned mall Schou Epa in Copenhagen, this project is about site specific furniture and how furniture design can contribute to the renewing of space.

From the first time I visited Schou Epa I was drawn towards the limited but beautiful light and the many shades of colour in the exposed concrete. Somehow, this brutalist architec-ture had a poetic expression and I wanted to design a furniture that would strengthen this unique atmosphere whilst giving the space a new purpose. I worked with the space as a future shared office, focusing on the importance of levels of intimacy in a working environment. How could I devide the huge space in zones - without blocking the already limited light? 

I experimented with transparent textiles and how the degree of transparency can affect the level of intimacy in a space. I wanted to work with a material that in contrast to the hard and cold expression of the current materials could emphasize the beauty of the old mall. 

Inspired by how the light in the old mall affects the appearance of the colours and materials, I worked with transfering the observed com-positions of colour into the design of the fur-niture. I wanted the furniture to reflect the space in choice of colour whilst creating contrast in the use of material. 

Experiments led to transparent and transformative space dividers, making the old mall suitable for a future shared office. The transparent textiles allow the daylight into the room while creating working zones. The expression, level of intimacy and amount of light getting through the devider are easily controlled by sliding the big screens. If one wishes a private space the screens of the divider can be placed closely. For more light, view and less privacy one can slide the screens apart.