Product and Industrial Design
Furniture collection for Atelier Pfister
Room Divider and Wardrobe
How do you help people put away and store their clothing? Designer Moritz Schmid conducted a kind of field research before he started designing objects. Trained at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Basel (FHNW), this industrial designer found compelling replies in two objects: a wardrobe and a clothes valet. The wardrobe, 'Aris', is sculptural in appearance and fulfils a second function as a room divider. Schmid took inspiration from geometrically cut hedges, objects that he translated into his own idiosyncratic design. 'Aris' has no front and no back and is accessible from both sides. It is more like an abstract sculpture than a wardrobe; being slightly tapered towards the top makes it look even more elegant, lighter and floating. With a loadbearing structure of ash wood and aluminium joints, the wardrobe's distinctive feature is its textile shell made of balloon silk and wadding. The vertical quilting seams, set off in a different colour, are not only an attractive feature but also functional, since they fold when the wall of the wardrobe is pushed aside. In 2010, 'Aris' will be launched as a serial product by a major Swiss furniture maker. Schmid has designed 'Ligerz', a clothes valet, for the same collection. Special, organically shaped ears top off the structure, made of simple squared timbers. The character of the object is derived from the milled shape of the ash wood. The designer's concept for a series of chairs is similarly creative and surprising. The lower section of 'Eriz', made of solid wood, consists of a stool, out of which the back of the chair 'sprouts', as Schmid puts it. The back is screwed to the rear legs and available in a range of colours so that the bottom and top of the chair can be of different colours. This is an apt example of Moritz Schmid's idiosyncratic and innovative design.