NORWAY x NEW YORK
The Penne vases and the Flip Flop cabinet are two new products that came out of the collaboration between Jonah Takagi & Hallgeir Homstvedt for the Norway x New York exhibition. The show is hosted and initiated by Sight Unseen and is a collaboration between 5 American and 5 Norwegian design studios. The exhibition showcases the collaborative works of: Jonah Takagi and Hallgeir Homstvedt, Assembly Design and Morten & Jonas, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio and Vera & Kyte, Bower and Bjørn Van Den Berg, Farrah Sit and Silje Nesdal.
The Penne project began with the desire to explore a medium and process that was completely new to us. We had collaborated on projects before, but there was always an element of familiarity in either the typology or the material. Designing around a new material and process gave us the freedom to start fresh.
We decided early on to make a series of vessels and after some though we arrived on the process of extruded ceramic. This process has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years, and is most commonly associated with the manufacture of bricks and honeycomb particle filters. Extrusion is the process of forcing a softened material through a die at high pressure that results in a profiled shape that can be trimmed to virtually any length. We wished to explore this process in the attempt to create a form that is only achievable through extrusion and settled on a beaded texture applied to a family of small vases.
In hindsight, the textures closely resemble that of penne pasta, which also happens to be an extruded product.
PENNE & FLIP FLOP
Flip Flop is a subtle reinterpretation of the doored cabinet that is inspired by switches, Jacob’s Ladder folk toys and the wooden furniture of Børge Morgensen. Utilizing traditional joinery and solid oak wood construction, Flip Flop features a single door centered in the cabinet’s width that swings freely in both directions. This reconfiguration of an archetypal furniture form, allows for objects on it’s shelves to be displayed or hidden by way of a simple gesture, swinging the door from side to side. Because of this, the piece appears to be in limbo; never fully open and never fully closed, a balancing act between the public and the private. In use, one might store personal items on one side of the cabinet while on the other side it might contain items for display.
Penne & the Flip Flop cabinet are currently prototypes looking for a good home