Designer Maarten De Ceulaer’s new furniture design, the Mutation Series, is like a collection of unruly science experiments. The pieces seem to be growing and transforming before our eyes. The Belgian designer will present the work at this year’s Milan Design Week 2012 and says, “I want to use my work to tell stories, to stir people's emotions, to tickle their imagination or to make them wonder.”
Each piece is created with a pattern of foam spheres in various sizes. Those spheres are attached to a basic, foundational structure and coated with a durable rubber or velvet-like finish. Just like with cell mutation or chemical reactions, recreation is near impossible and, as a result, each piece is completely unique.
De Ceulaer created the series to generate new ways of looking at furniture. He says, “Maybe one day we will be able to grow a piece of furniture like we breed or clone an animal, and manipulate it’s shape like a bonsai tree.” In the meantime, the basic solid colors and squishy round pillows make me want to plop right down and sink into a comfy snooze!