Inside out

Tianyi Shi is a furniture and product designer who has an interest in materials, e.g. foam and bamboo, and also has an interest in traditional culture and craft. Normally, material plays a supporting role in product design. However, as for her, a material could be an interesting point to start with and to explore during a design process. Nowadays, she is playing with foam to explore a possibility of using foam to break formal conventions of furniture and products.

This project deconstructs everyday upholstered furniture. Breaking the formal conventions of upholstered furniture and exploiting what happens when the internal structures drive the aesthetic, practical and physical form for extravagant new artefacts.

Usually, the foam is hidden within the upholstery structure and covered by textile of one sort or another. In this project, the raw foam is used in an innovative way. Informally revealed and regrouped. Here lightness and volume provoke practical experiments and exciting explorations. These chairs highlight foams often unacknowledged, yet unique features, its marvellous texture, subtle colours, surfaces and the softness and flexibility of bubbles caught in permanent form.

Creative vision, set design and photography by Jovana Mladenovic