Folding Boat is a seamless, leisure boat made from a standard sheet of plastic. It can be assembled in under five minutes by a single person. The boat was developed within a paper-folding workshop in which methods of creating various forms out of a single piece of material were introduced.
The main advantages of the product are transportation, storage and assembly. Ideal for one or two people, the folding boat can be used in the urban environment in canals, ponds and lakes and is also suitable for fishermen, campers and boat rental services.
Project started in 2011
‘Folding Sled’ is a sled that folds flat. This innovative sled transforms quickly and intuitively from an easy-to-store product to a fun, high-performance sled that is suitable for individuals, families, seasonal resorts and hotel rental facilities.
It is suitable for one or two persons. The main advantages of the product are transportation, storage and assembly. Combining traditional craft and contemporary technology, this sled is a fresh alternative to the traditional ‘Davos’ sleds. The user has the ability to fold this sledge into an object that is less than half of its original size.
Project started in 2012
This book documents the design process of Folding Sled, conducted from 2011-2015.
Book will be available for purchase soon.
Panel Discussion is a design project by Max Frommeld and Arno Mathies conducted during a year long deign residency at the Villa Noailles in Hyeres. It acknowledges the history of Villa Noailles as both a place of relaxation and entertainment. Using a single material, Valchromat – an engineered and improved version of MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard), the designers developed objects that bring people together and encourage communal activities.
The designers have selected the bench as a furniture type for Panel Discussion because of the Villa’s history of creative dialogue. The bench has a reputation as a communal piece of furniture that in a very direct and physical way brings people together. Artist Francis Cape has described a bench as a seat to share. In his book We Sit Together, Cape explains that sharing a bench means sharing the same material support, also sitting at the same level.1Wanting to encourage social interaction and enhance the public space of the Villa, Frommeld and Mathies have produced benches of different heights and depths.
The designers experimented with the proportions of a traditional bench and created modular components: mitered boxes for seats and legs. These elements are exaggerated and varied in order to create a series of parts that can be arranged and assembled to form a bench. Inspired by the Villa’s geometry of crisp rectangles and squares, Frommeld and Mathies have applied primary shapes and patterns to each piece of furniture. Importantly, the patterns are drawn into the furniture rather than applied. The decoration is therefore integral to the benches and disrupts the symmetry of the orthogonal bench forms.
Located in the entry courtyard, the furniture produced for Panel Discussion frames, disturbs, complements and contrasts the Villa’s modernist volumes by creating new surfaces and places to sit.
Text by Mariah Nielson
1 Francis Cape, We Sit Together: Utopian Benches From the Shakers to the Separatists of Zoar, (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2013), p. 9