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Digital Aesthetics: PillowPillow by Schimmel & Schweikle

Digital Aesthetics: PillowPillow by Schimmel & Schweikle

PillowPillow by Schimmel & Schweikle. Courtesy Schimmel & Schweikle

This FestiveNESS pick balances between the organic and the archetypal. The designs by Schimmel & Schweikle are created with a 3D software. Through the literal embedding of the computer, the designs show that the digital doesn’t always have to keep to a strict aesthetic.

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PillowPillow by Schimmel & Schweikle

PillowPillow is a furniture collection that was developed during a residency at Alfa.brussels in Brussels, Belgium. In this collection, 3D modeling software is used to unite opposite forms of expression into non-confirmatory objects. The strict lines of the modern-style furniture that the pieces are based on is emphasized by a shiny, lacquer-like finish achieved by coating the pieces in car paint, while the blob-like upholstery additions are finished in a soft artificial fur. Each piece is the result of a digital modeling experiment that the designers have translated into a real object. The two chairs in Schimmel & Schweikle’s PillowPillow series combine archetypal, minimalist furniture designs with organic shapes, morphing them together to create new forms. The result is a dualistic form of expression that challenges the need for an uncontaminated narrative.

The third piece in the collection features a standard desktop computer combined with green, fur pillows and is intended to sit on the floor of a living room. The way the computer has become intertwined with our lives cannot be ignored. That’s why the PillowPillow Computer pulls itself from the dark desk corners where it usually lives and gives itself the more prominent role it deserves in our households. It is a token to the design mythology of the designers who always aims to investigate the role the digital world plays in our everyday lives.

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