The pieces in this series look like they weren’t madeby hands, but have grown to their present form organically. They might be theresult of a mutation in cells, or a chemical or nuclear reaction. Perhaps it’sa virus or bacteria that has grown dramatically out of scale. The Mutationpieces make you look at furniture in a different way. Maybe one day we would beable to grow a piece of furniture like we breed or clone an animal, andmanipulate it’s shape like a bonsai tree. Another source of inspiration was theYareta plant, that lives in the high planes of Bolivia and can become thousandsof years old. These vibrant green organisms, that can survive on barren rock,have a gorgeous velvet-like texture and highly organic feeling, that I try totranslate into my pieces.
The project can be seen as an experimental review ofclassic furniture upholstery. It reminds us of the famous and iconic deepbuttoned (Chesterfield) sofa's, interpreted in a highly contemporary andsculptural way. Instead of using upholstering springs and foam with leather ortextile, these pieces are created by carefully composing patterns with cut-offsof foam spheres of various sizes, and manually applying them onto a structure,one by one, so they actually grow organically during this production process. Inthe end the entire piece is spray-coated with a durable polyurethane layer, andthen finished with a colored polyurethane or velvet-like finish. It isimpossible to ever recreate such a specific pattern, so every piece iscompletely unique.