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Johannes Böving

Department: Man and Well being

SOFT STEEL

WHAT
Connection points between the legs and surfaces of household furniture that demonstrate the potential of steel.

WHY
Interested in material-led design, Johannes Böving experimented with one material — steel — to understand its limits, breaking points and durability. The knowledge gained then guided the shaping and functioning of the resulting objects.

HOW
By exploring the technique of plastic deformation, where the material is put under enormous pressure until it buckles under the strain, Johannes managed to control how steel is shaped within an industrial compression machine.

QUOTE
Discovering functions in unexpected ways through experimentation.

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Copyright: Design Academy Eindhoven
Photographs: Femke Rijerman