Kink by Osko+Deichmann

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Berlin design duo Osko+Deichmann will present a collection of tubular steel and pine furniture at Helmrinderknecht Gallery for Contemporary Design in Berlin later this week.

The collection, named Kink, consists of a table, chair, writing table, cantilever chair, sideboard, shelving unit, coffee table and floor lamp.

A continuation of their Straw chair project (see our earlier stories here and here), the new collection is made of tubular steel that has been folded and kinked.

Slabs of pine form chair seats and backs, table tops and shelves.

The project will be on show as part of an exhibition named Funktionale Beschädigung - The Beauty of Deliberate Kinks, Dents and Bends.

Here is some more furniture by Osko+Deichmann on Dezeen:

Abyss Lamp (April 2007)
Straw Chair at DMY Berlin 2009 (May 2009)
Pebble Armchair (September 2009)
Straw Chair for Blå Station (February 2010)

The text below is from Osko+Deichmann:


On show is a family of tubular steel furniture called "Kink". The tubing used in the furniture is not bent - as is normally the case – but rather functionally folded, dented and kinked.

The chairs, tables and other furniture derive their final form and function by means of this intentional process of "damaging" the tubular steel.

The process' traces, which would normally be regarded as defects, are in fact integral to the design.

The chairs, tables and other furniture derive their final form and function by means of this intentional process of "damaging" the tubular steel: the process' traces, which would normally be regarded as defects, are in fact integral to the design.

For the exhibition, "Happy Birthday Bauhaus", we created the "Straw Chair", a functional homage to the classic Cantilever Chair made of kinked, tubular steel.

A second four-legged and stackable version of the "Straw Chair" was introduced on the occasion of the Stockholm Furniture Fair by Blå Station in 2010. It was bestowed the +1 Award for the year's best new product.

The "Kink" series consists of a table, chair, writing table, cantilever chair, sideboard, shelf, coffee table and floor lamp made of tubular steel, pine wood and clamps.

All exhibited objects are part of a small limited edition and exclusively available at HELMRINDERKNECHT contemporary design gallery.

  • http://www.urbanizr.org urbanizr

    model no. 2 seems a perfect floor-scratcher!

  • http://www.waynemaxwell.com gary

    Reminds me of my school day’s all our furniture was made of tubular steel,
    though must say not as well crafted, I like the handmade, craftsman feel it has to it!

  • Murve

    At first I hated this. thinking its just metal and wooden furniture with bent tubes. but looking at the kink points on legs the and the last image of the table I think I quite like the details the bends create it very simple and the designs are nothing special but there’s something about the points where it bends and kinks that works.

  • JF

    Missed the most important thing: functionality/durability ! Bending metal like that is a terrible idea…it will break obviously!

  • j

    @urbanizr : I agree with the scratch.
    @ JF : I think this strong enough.

    This is very very honestly design in my eyes.

  • http://christopherandrewculley.com Christopher

    Lovely details.

  • slater

    Yeah JF, I question the strength of the bends over the lifespan of the chairs as well. This is just half-assed design, some slabs of wood and bent tube steel? Come on, have some pride!

  • HCB

    Agree with JF on this one: anyone with a basic knowledge of tubes will know that a tube that is bent like this looses all it’s strength, making this furniture family useless!
    In addition to being incredibly ugly and boring, of course…

  • http://hravda.ucoz.ua Akilina

    Rearrange the pieces, solve the puzzle, and enter the word it shows below within

  • karl

    I saw some kinked metal furniture done like this in the last couple of months on one of these design websites

  • Miss l

    Love the honesty.
    Great! But why again just limited edition??!! WHY alway limited edition of the great stuff… Get it produced, get it available or else what’s the point??!!

  • rene

    I also assumed that the kinks would be weak, but I had a chance to feel them and they actually seem stronger than normal bends.

  • jason

    I agree. As long as the tube walls are thick enough, there shouldn’t be an issue with stability. Plus some are double-kincks (twice 45°), which sounds perfectly stable to me. And that’s exactly the great thing about them, as all these comments show: the very conflict of what you eyes tell you and what really is. I love them.

  • http://dxyn.net dxyn.net

    It looks worthy of IKEA.

  • Adaro

    Not really exciting in any way to be honest.. They’r.. pleasant, atleast. I think the way they attached the tubes to the chair at the kincks are the most interesting feature of the whole thing.