Giles Pearson – Designer
In Stripes case it is the linear drainage holes which shoot in all directions and change angle with every bend of the backrest. The holes and distance between them taper towards the top of the product bringing a sense of movement to the design. The range has a strong graphic presence, casting geometric shadows, extending the products expression to its surroundings.
Stripe is constructed from a combination of laser cut steel plate and a tubular steel frame. These materials naturally have a strong industrial aesthetic and utilitarian design language which is still very relevant today. My job as a designer is to soften the effect of these materials, updating the shape of the various products to suit modern work and social environments.
Someone mentioned that Stripe reminded them of a spatular, which I found amusing, but also quite interesting. I see this a visual stamp of approval towards the products utility and its suitability to the job. Spatulas have been around for hundreds of years with a design that is largely unchanged. They provide a platform to hold, flip and move food whilst also letting liquid to pass through the holes. Just replace the egg for a person and we have quite a humorous analogy.
Our aim with the outdoor furniture that we design at Origin is to make the products so durable they can live outdoors, yet look so good that people want to use them indoors. The same applies to Stripe with this quite unique utilitarian design language at the core of the product range, softened with additional seat pads, which add to its versatility and really bring the products to life.