Floors by Big-Game


Floors by Big-Game

Designers Big-Game of Lausanne have won the Swiss Federal Design Award with their shelving system comprising aluminium slats on wooden frame.

Floors by Big-Game

Called Floors, the product is designed for simple self-assembly with the machined aluminium pieces slotting into grooves in two ash frames.

Floors by Big-Game

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Floors by Big-Game

The information that follows is from Big-Game:

FLOORS is a simple, self assembled, shelving system. The work started with the use of standard aluminium profiles, commonly used in architecture to support heavy loads.

Floors by Big-Game

The machined aluminium profiles, which replace wooden planks, serve both as props and assembly system. The uprights are made of ash, a hard and affordable wood that allows the section to be minimal.

Floors by Big-Game

Starting with references such as industrial or cellar shelves, or the Gorm System (most affordable shelving system from IKEA), our goal was to make a simplified and optimized system for the domestic context.

Floors by Big-Game

The drawing of the object is basic and keeps the archetypal shape of a shelf. This dictates an intuitive assembly system. FLOORS is a modular system and makes it possible to create different progressive combinations.

Floors by Big-Game

Big-Game is a design studio founded in 2004 by Grégoire Jeanmonod (Swiss), Elric Petit (Belgian) and Augustin Scott de Martinville (French). It is now based in Lausanne (Switzerland).

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Posted on Monday December 13th 2010 at 10:27 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Alain Gilles

    As usual, Well done guys! Very clever and straight to the point.

  • Neil

    Pretty and simple they may be but with no cross brace, all that potential leverage will just mean they end up wobbly

  • jeb

    That looks like something that might go well in a child's room. Was it made out of high school sports benches or what?

  • Naytin

    the idea is good. they seem very simple to assemble, transport, and use (neil's comment seems to indicate otherwise), but as an object in one's home, an object that provides some sort of daily beauty, they fail completely.

    i find them, in general, offensively boring, but the navy color choice is worst of all.

  • le barbu

    Nice one guys!!!

  • Susan Summer

    Seriously. This is the kind of DIY "back to basics" which really needs to be called-out as, not very interesting, not very daring, and not really worthy of being included in the acedemic world, the published, discussed, collected world. This sort of thing is good for a shop, nice to buy- but is totally lazy, over-celebrated, and generic. Leave it to IKEA.

    I don't have a particular grudge agains this stuff, but I do love Design and the fact that the design world is so infused with Art, and new technology, pleasure, IDEAs- and when I see stuff over celebrated, it makes me paranoid that everyone will have good reason to say it is all Crap.

    • Gravy

      I woud love an example of Design (your capital D, not mine) you think should be celebrated and discussed.

      A three-legged chair made of riveted aluminum, perhaps? Chairs made out of salt crystals?

      I'll take the modest shelf, provided they offer an alternative to navy.

    • jacques-e.

      This a typical nonconstructive reply…you should go back to core 77 which is probably more your world.

    • ipm

      i think you are in a different thought about design to show your opinion, why don't you move to the spectacular furniture to enjoy yourself? an let the people design for the people not for a few ones.

  • Pierre

    Simple. Playful. Functional as usual. Well done.
    I hope this system will be for sale in the near future.

  • Meelis

    I think it is a solid design but maybe a little generic.

    Unlike Susan I dont like the design being infused with art at all.
    Design and Art have completely different goals. And designers are already often seen as "artist" rather that specialists in a very complex industry by other employees.

  • xit

    I agree with Susan in that this project doesn't really merit any more attention than It intended to have. After all its more 'well designed' generic flat pack furniture akin to the 'Kilo' series produced by Habitat. What more do we want to say ?

    • Rita

      If a small shelf has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?

  • dear_reader

    I think the main fault of this design isn´t that is it generic, rather that it is far from simple. Using 3 cross elements to achieve 1 floor means 11 pieces instead of 5. this also makes the assembly more complicated.

  • stillunwritten

    Let be fair.It is not so bad.The problem is that it is so usual and casual;not inventing.Can be used in a student house.

    • Pierre

      Student house, great idea! It could be like the "cité universitaire" furniture by Le Corbusier (another guy making "boring" furniture). Frankly Suzan, does a shelving system need to be entertaining?

      • Susan Summer

        I don't think it needs to be "Entertaining". My problem isn't that my life is so easy, that I need to be fed 'bite-sized nuggets of Shazam! and distraction'-

        But I DO think that if we are all going to be blogging and writing and reading about furniture, for chist-sakes- that maybe the pieces that appear here should be a little more than "well, it does the job of holding my books up" ?? No? Maybe an idea, or feeling, or a technique, or a strong atmosphere, or overwhelming feeling of beauty is warranted. No?

        Otherwise, please- can we talk about my tea-kettle that has a bit of a broken cord? or maybe the dust on my desk?

        Why do you people seem to despise the idea of Amazingness? Freshness? Ambition? isn't this the point of our culture? Change? Progress? Challenge? Dare i say,- Improvement?

        I believe the designer is the head of the ECAL now, and while I don't deride someone for making yet another shelf, I do think that the idea of 'Generica' is getting a bit too much press these days. I wonder where the ECAL is headed? a center of ambitious design? Or overly-celebrating pretty boring (a.k.a. "humble" – what an awful word!) thinking?