NOM (Nature of Material)

Year: 2012

Client: Cappellini

NOM is a series of stackable light-weight furniture. Each object is folded from a spread of laser cut aluminum sheet, which then bends to the final form using a bending mold.

The concept of the project is to combine straight origami like folds with natural folds. This is achieved by folding the legs of the objects in planned and exact folds which creates side effects of stretching and bending in the material. In other words, by folding the legs of the objects the surface above reacts naturally to the folding act.

This integration between the strict and natural folds creates a steady construction from one hand and a soft, organic, upholstery like shape from the other.

Nature of Material which is the prototype series of NOM was presented during Milan design week 2010. The project was put into production by Cappellini and since 2012 is part of the Cappellini collection.

NOM was awarded the 2014 Red Dot Best of the Best design award.