In the vein of the "tennis court" bench we tweeted yesterday (reason enough to follow Core77 on Twitter), designer Jeremy Petrus presents "Mishmash," another variation of a sport-alluding bench, a collaboration with Italian bike saddle maker Selle Royal (fun fact: "selle" is Italian for saddle). Yet his inspiration runs deeper still: "Inspired by mash-ups (compositions created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs), 'Mishmash' is the result of the combination of two designs: Nelson's 'marshmallow' sofa and Castiglioni's 'sella' stool."
There are two aspects in this operation. On one hand, there is the intellectual property issue in which I position myself as a "remixer" of two different products, and on the other, the delicate subject of how ideas are often borrowed or stolen. Through my research, I came to discover that another designer was behind the concept of the marshmallow sofa—Irving Harper. Like in many design studios, junior designers do take part in the conception phase and at times find the real solution or the right answer. Somehow, this is what happened in George Nelson's studio.
He closes by preemptively addressing potential naysayers: "'Mishmash' is more of a functional sculpture than a comfortable sofa. My goal was to study and apply basic principals through a classic exercise, and of course, to pay tribute to some of the greatest." Well done, Jeremy.