Alex Blondeau

Department: Contextual Design

Objectifying Objects

What: A shelving unit and lamp is covered by a thin membrane that reveals the inner structure at work.

Why: In objects and architecture, the inner anatomy is often concealed behind façades and casings. Inspired by our own bodies, Alex Blondeau explores how skin and skeleton can work together. By making this relationship visible, the resulting design reveals a more complete picture.

How: A structure of moveable parts is covered by a balloon-like membrane. When the air is sucked out, the outer skin is pulled taut. The skin shapes the structure − or does the structure shape the skin?

“Can we use design to reveal structures that are usually hidden?”

Copyright Design Academy Eindhoven

Copyright: Design Academy Eindhoven
Photographs: Femke Rijerman