Brian Anderson, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design and Director of MDes Preliminary Program, will be showcasing Complete Me Rolling Bench at the Dutch Design Week 2021.
Complete Me is one outcome of an investigation into form and material systems designed to sustain engaging, flexible, and culturally situated models of domestic utility. The project aims to present open and semi-programmed furniture-oriented ceramic-based objects that are completed with complementary natural material elements that can be reconfigured over time and conveniently rearranged in the home. In its basic configuration, the rolling bench consists of dowels arrayed between two ceramic rings. Rope or yarn woven through or wound around local and sustainably sourced materials supplies the compression and tension required to stabilize the object as furniture. Complete Me imagines a world in which design activates sustainable intersections of production and utility. The project advances and elevates the notion of care by insisting we love most what we know directly, what we’ve found and constructed ourselves, and what bears specific provenance. The system supplements typically imbalanced modes of consumption with a healthy dose of natural materials, personal narrative, and delight.