Stream of Light is a conceptual sofa by Olivia Lee and Alienor de Chambrier made from four separate items of furniture wrapped and bound in silk, wool and horse hair. Created as a response to a challenge set by Vitra for the D&AD Student Awards 2008 competition, the piece utilizes a variety of materials and methods of weaving to join originally disparate seating...
"Our approach started with a re-examination of the sofa and it's being defined as a piece of upholstered furniture," explains Lee. "We took the idea of upholstery and started to play with other kinds of traditional craft techniques such as crochet and knit - exploring ways of making comfort part of structure as well. We also began collecting a huge array of unusual materials which we felt would build on the uniqueness and eccentricity of the piece."
For those interested, the original brief from Vitra follows:
"Design a sofa inspired by the new Vitra Edition collection that is unencumbered by commercial constraints and pushes the boundaries of innovative furniture design.
* Displaying craftsmanship
* Innovative in form or/and function
* Use of new or unusual materials
* Breaking the mould, defying convention
Your design is aimed at collectors of art. Each Vitra Edition is strictly limited (usually to 12) and individually numbered and registered. As each piece in the range demands a high value in the market of anywhere between £8,000 and £130,000, your design should reflect this positioning."