Storm furniture by Johannes Hemann



Cologne 2009: German designer Johannes Hemann exhibited designs from his Storm Furniture collection at IMM Cologne 2009 last month.


The collection includes a table made from cork (above), a chair made from foam (above) and lamp shades made from polypropylen filings (above) and plexiglass granulate (top image).


The furniture was made in a 'storm box' (above) in which shapes were created that were the result of simulated storms.


The table Fridtjof and lampshade Kirsten (above) were exhibited at IMM Cologne 2009, as part of the [d3] contest - see our previous story.


Above: Fridtjof, 2008 (cork)

Here's some more information from Hemann:


Storm boxes, in which the wind generates shapes as a result of simulated storms: with the help of compressed air, adhesives and heat, shapes are created because of interference effects which occur inside the box. Only indirect influence can be exerted on the design of the individual shapes by changing the parameters such as material, heat, type of adhesive, wind direction or size of box. At the end of the design process a shape has emerged; the material has survived the storm and stands as symbol of ‘the calm before the storm—the calm after the storm’.


Above: Paula, 2008 during construction (plexiglass granulate)


Above: Paula, 2008 (plexiglass granulate)


Above: Oswine, 2008 during construction (polypropylen filings)


Above: Oswine, 2008 (polypropylen filings)


Above: Oswine, 2008 (polypropylen filings) and Fridtjof, 2008 (cork)


Above: Geoffrey, 2008 during construction (foam)


Above: Geoffrey, 2008 (foam)


Above: Emma, 2008 (styrofoam)


Above: Emma, 2008 (styrofoam)


Above: Emma, 2008 (styrofoam)

Posted on Thursday February 12th 2009 at 6:57 am by Rachael Sykes. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • modular

    The last couple of pictures are way cool. Yet, this kind of stuff would bore most of us within a few weeks of ‘use’….

  • katie

    well, I don’t know..


    ‘the calm before the storm—the calm after the storm’ is right way for true design

  • VIDA

    Please tell this is not true…

  • Ben

    This must be so environmentally disastrous!

  • That’s amazing! I really love process based design

  • the process is interesting, but the result is not amazing at all. déjà vu.

  • pautomas

    The sprayed cork is fantastic!

  • First image really excited me, but seeing the rest it raises a lot of questions about ‘design’ decisions during the making process. Very inspiring though.

  • I love the process, it is really interesting, the end products are really great as they look so free and unexpected. The process dictates the form, products like these are metaphoric experiments. They don’t solve any problems but they are very seductive
    due to the preparation/process/material/visual.

  • krinstian


  • mason j

    The semi-controlled forms are interesting.

    Love the cork. Hate the plastic.

    ana-maria: I would love to see some new designs that do solve real problems….