Maarten De Ceulaer | Mutation Series
The pieces in this series look like they weren’t made by hands, but have grown to their present form organically. They might be the result of some cell-transformation or mutation, or a chemical or nuclear reaction. Are they perhaps a virus or bacteria that has grown dramatically out of scale? The Mutation pieces make you look at furniture in a different way. They could be regarded as living organisms that can be cultivated in a furniture-farm, as a new-bred or extra-terrestrial species that have just been discovered.
On the other hand, this project can be seen as a review of classic furniture upholstery, they remind us of the famous and iconic deep buttoned Chesterfield sofa’s, interpreted in a highly contemporary and sculptural way. It’s an industrial process reinvented, a new type of craft. The pieces are created by carefully composing patterns with cut-offs of foam sphere’s of various sizes, and applying them onto a structure.
In the end the entire piece gets coated, with a durable rubber or a more tactile velvet-like finish. It is hardly impossible to ever recreate such a specific pattern, so every piece is completely unique, even when starting from the same basic structure.
Designer: Maarten De Ceulaer