Storm furniture by Johannes Hemann

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

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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).

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

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

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Above: Fridtjof, 2008 (cork)

Here's some more information from Hemann:

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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’.

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Above: Paula, 2008 during construction (plexiglass granulate)

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Above: Paula, 2008 (plexiglass granulate)

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Above: Oswine, 2008 during construction (polypropylen filings)

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Above: Oswine, 2008 (polypropylen filings)

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

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Above: Geoffrey, 2008 during construction (foam)

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Above: Geoffrey, 2008 (foam)

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Above: Emma, 2008 (styrofoam)

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Above: Emma, 2008 (styrofoam)

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Above: Emma, 2008 (styrofoam)