2018

(In Progress)

In collaboration with:

David Flook

 

Co-partner

 

 

Overview

Recent years have seen an explosion in the popularity of visually stimulating online videos. From hydraulic press experiments, to slow motion water balloons and popping pimples, we have a new shared fetish; digital tactility. Soft Body Stool is a small, loose furniture project with a commercial edge, taking this digital material reality into the physical realm.

 

A digital cushion is dropped in physics simulation software onto a set of steel legs, warping and deforming around them as it collides. A moment towards the end of the drop is frozen in time and then physically cast in polyurethane resin; a material normally considered as low-grade, re-purposed as precious. Through the often-overlooked process of rotational casting, the stool can be easily reproduced and kept to just two pieces; a smooth, hollow, rigid body and the legs; naturally locking together with no mechanical fixings.

Rotocasting

Typically used to produce storage tanks, road signs and bollards on an industrial scale, rotational casting is a process rarely seen beyond factory doors. To meet our need to experiment with surface finish, wall thickness, and translucency, while working within an extremely small budget, we constructed a roto-casting machine for our own use, granting us freedom to fine-tune the production process.

Rotocasting

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John Cruwys

Soft Body Stool