Note Design Studio creates Core and Remnant seats as opposite poles
Spanish furniture brand Sancal has released Core and Remnant, two coordinating ranges of seating from Note Design Studio that play with negative and positive space.
The designs, which are part of a larger collection called Emptiness matters, are all based on the same basic shape.
The products were designed as explorations of negative and positive space, terms commonly used to describe interiors and architecture.
Thus, Note Design Studio approached the furniture design process in the same way as a space project.
âWe have a space, so what do we fill that space with,â the studio asked. âWhat happens when we remove matter from space? What is left? “
“One thing gave way to another and eventually we had a whole range of ideas and spatial forms that we started to refine in furniture.”
For the Core range, Note Design Studio drew inspiration from sculptural design practices to create the impression of seats carved from a single block of material.
The Remnant armchair, on the other hand, resembles the outline of a seat rather than a seat itself, which presents a considerable challenge for the design team.
The apparent weightlessness of the seat is obtained using a triangulated metal structure.
This was inspired by architectural weight distribution techniques and, according to Note Design Studio, it took “a fair amount of development, experimentation, and engineering” to perfect.
The Core and Remant ranges both feature quilted backrests and are available in a variety of fabrics and colors, including mustard yellow, dark green, and light gray.
âThe idea was to not focus on anything, especially the negative space surrounding physical objects,â Note Design Studio said.
“By recognizing this void, it becomes just as important a design element as the objects themselves.”
âWhile positive forms are often associated with strong, active qualities, negative space is calm and peaceful and leaves room for interpretation,â the studio added.
“Our thesis was that the juxtaposition of these two relative spaces would bring something new and stimulating to a room.”
Core and Remnant were shortlisted in the seating design category at this year’s Dezeen Awards.
Other nominated projects in the category include the Puffy Lounge chair, created by Faye Toogood for Hem, and a cantilever chair by Jasper Morrison, made from recyclable polypropylene rather than steel.