In her most recent work, architect and designer Fernanda Marques, in collaboration with Brazilian steelmakers Mekal, which specialises in the manufacture of stainless steel, continues with her research into to applying the material in in the production of contemporary design furniture.
More than a bench, Organic is a seating system, that arises from the architect’s musings on kinetic art, prolonging itself through space as one or more units are used.
Conceived as a single piece, each one of its components fits alongside the previous and following units by means of their sinuous lines, thus incorporating the idea of movement to the seat’s final configuration. Thanks to its materials, the piece can be used both inside and out, doing away with the limit between interior and exterior.
Made to order, the Organic bench is comprised of 7 independent modules that fit alongside one another, each one weighing around 20kg. Consistently with the very design concept, there is no limit to the number of units that can be set to make up each bench.
Made from stainless steel sheets that are folded by hand, welded and lined with MDF, the exterior surfaces are brushed. Each one of the modules has continuity imprinted in their design.
For Mekal, the steelmakers in charge of producing the seat, it was the first time the material, highly resistant and therefore previously used mostly in the building sector, was used in making a piece of furniture. “They never fathomed seeing steel be treated as a sheet of paper, capable of producing folds of great plastic effect”, Fernanda Marques says.