osko+deichmann | Kink Series
HELMRINDERKNECHT presents Berlin design-duo osko+deichmann’s family of tubular steel furniture with kinks. The tubing used in the furniture is not bent – as is normally the case – but rather functionally folded, dented and kinked. The chairs, tables and other furniture derive their final form and function by means of this intentional process of “damaging” the tubular steel: the process’ traces, which would normally be regarded as defects, are in fact integral to the furniture’s design.
The designers osko+deichmann (Blasius Osko *1975 and Oliver Deichmann *1975) have been working for some time on the aspect of design that is largely ignored of bent and folded tubular steel. Last year’s celebration of the Bauhaus movement’s 90th anniversary led osko+deichmann to their first intensive involvement with bent and folded tubular steel. For the exhibition, “Happy Birthday Bauhaus”, they created the “Straw Chair”, a functional homage to the classic Freischwinger Cantilever Chair made of curved, tubular steel. A second four-legged and stackable version of the “Straw Chair” was introduced on the occasion of the Stockholm Furniture Fair by Blå Station in 2010. It was bestowed the +1 Award for the year’s best new product.
With the exhibition “Funktionale Beschädigung – The beauty of deliberate kinks, dents and bends in a family of tubular steel furniture” we now present a series of new furniture, in which every piece is identified by the different kind of deformation to which it had been subjected: as it were, functional furniture with beautiful blemishes.
The series “KINK” consists of a table, chair, writing table, cantilever chair, sideboard, shelf, coffee table and floor lamp made exclusively of tubular steel, pine wood and clamps. All exhibited objects are part of a small limited edition and exclusively available at HELMRINDERKNECHT contemporary design gallery.