Marginal Notes by Note Design Studio

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Marginal Notes by Note Design Studio

Stockholm 2011: Note Design Studio present a series of objects developed from doodles in the margins of their sketchbooks at their Stockholm studio this week.

Marginal Notes by Note Design Studio

Top: Tembo. Above: half-time objects

Called Marginal Notes, the pieces include armchairs, lighting and a shelving unit, alongside pieces that have no function but represent the early beginnings of ideas that may be used in later projects.

Marginal Notes by Note Design Studio

Above: Boop

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The information below and captions are from the designers:


MARGINAL NOTES 2011 by Note Design Studio

One morning, over a cup of coffee, we decided to let go of all ideas about strategy and allow ourselves to play for a while.

We all went through our notebooks and looked at the sketches in the margin – those that appear in passing, intuitively and suddenly – those that never really got the attention they deserved. We fell in love with these scribbles and embraced their odd proportions, diverse materials and lack of clever functions. Some were left for later but others were pushed further, into the physical world.

Marginal Notes by Note Design Studio

Above: half-time objects

Among prototypes and sketches we also developed some half–time forms; early seeds that influenced later objects.These not yet functionally defined forms acted as catalysts throughout the process. In the end it became an exhibition. Maybe it will give you some new ideas.

Marginal Notes by Note Design Studio

Above: Yesterday Island

HIGH TIDE/LOW TIDE – shelves

The tidal range is the vertical difference between the high tide and the succeeding low tide. Tides are the rise and fall of sea levels caused by the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon and the Sun and the rotation of the Earth. The shelves in these two floating pieces of furniture mark the tidal ranges of the Strait of Magellan, the calmer Pacific versus the more dramatic Atlantic.

Marginal Notes by Note Design Studio

Above: Boop sofa

OBJECTS

Among prototypes and sketches we also developed some half–time forms; early seeds that influenced later objects. These not yet functionally defined forms acted as catalysts throughout the process.

Marginal Notes by Note Design Studio

Above and below: High Tide/Low Tide shelves

BOOP  – sofa, chair and lounge chair

1. boop: The mystery of the boop shall never be revealed. But when saying "Boop" you must poke a random person on the nose.

2. boop: To poke an animal or something cute on the nose.

Marginal Notes by Note Design Studio

TOMORROW ISLAND/YESTERDAY ISLAND – lamps

The Diomede Islands are located in the middle of the Bering Strait between Alaska and Siberia, and their awkward man-made separation inspired us. The islands are sometimes called Tomorrow Island (Big Diomede, Russian territory) and Yesterday Island (Little Diomede, U.S. territory) because the time difference between them is 20 hours, but the distance only three kilometers.

Marginal Notes by Note Design Studio

Above: Tomorrow Island lamp

SIBLING – table

Just like sister and brother this table and table grew up together. Their genetic and physical closeness is marked by a strong bond of colour and material. They sprung from the same root but ended up quite different.

Marginal Notes by Note Design Studio

TEMBO – high table and stool

Tembo is Swahili for elephant. When elephants walk, they always have at least one foot on the ground. They don't run. Because of their straight legs and large pad-like feet elephants can stand for very long periods of time without getting tired. Just like our table and stool.


See also:

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Axel Bjurström
at Stockholm 2011
Luca Nichetto
at Stockholm 2011
Inga Sempé
at Stockholm 2011
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  • felix

    so … er… we don't get to see the sketches that generated these products?

  • johannes
  • douglas

    I'm loving the lamps… and they're unfinished? I wouldn't refine much further as they're fine as they are

  • Dubbs

    I might say they are overly refined given their status as "marginal" thoughts or works in progress but overall a very interesting experiment!

  • felix

    those sketches are so rough, they don't show much really. there's clearly a lot of thought gone into the design of these products from the sketch stage, which is fine but not what the concept of the project supposedly is.

    the project description brings to mind sketch designs that have been faithfully reproduced, with every slip of the pen or rushed detail made real. what we get is some fairly normal, cute european furntiture

    also, the boop description makes me want to boop the guy who wrote it, hard.

  • eilie

    sottsass-ish .. return of memphis ?!