Deconstruction: Cocoon by Måns Salomonsen
Måns Salomonsen is a 24-year-old Swedish design student at the university Stenebyskolan. He is studying wood oriented furniture design and will take his BA exam in the spring 2011. Måns has his craft base in wood but like to explore new materials and their qualities.
We first posted his hanging herb planter and fruit storage container called Cocoon back in February. We received so much great feedback about it that we decided to ask Måns to share with us the process of creating the Cocoon.
Cocoon is the outcome of a design competition to exhibit at the Stockholm Furniture Fair this past February. We had to come up with a concept for fruit and vegetable storage for kitchen environment that would encourage and inspire people to use more fresh groceries. We collaborated with Ekolådan, a company in Järna (Sweden) who delivers ecological food to the door. The concept should be a product that could fit within their business area and fit into a home of their customer. My concept was one of the chosen ones to be exhibited at the fair.
Here, I’ll share with you the steps of my process — from sketch to scale 1:1 prototype.
1. cocoon 茧；卵囊
2. storage 存储；仓库；贮藏所
3. collaborate 合作；勾结
4. scale 比例；规模
5. prototype 原型；标准
When I got the idea to create a hanging storage to save countertop space, I started out with some simple sketches of different versions of storage. Single drop/cocoon, merged drops, with and without plant growing space and so on.
1. countertop 工作平台
2. merge 合并；融合
After having some ideas about how it could be I changed the sketch medium to metal wire to get a better clue about the shape and its appearance in the room.
The metal wire was a fairly fast way to get the some volume and size; I also tried to cover the structures in clay and in paper mache to get some closed surfaces.
1. volume 量；体积
2. structure 结构；构造；建筑物
Then, to get the size right I went to the actual space for the object, a kitchen. Using a whiteboard pen I was drawing different sizes and shapes on my kitchen window blinds as a fast way to try out different versions.
When I had worked out roughly what I wanted in terms of look and size, I cut out the shape in foam. With foam, I got the chance to cut out a form that was close to want I wanted. To get a more precise fin...