Nicola Zocca's brilliant heat-shrink joinery was one of our favorites from the Design Products section of the Royal College of Art final show, which opened last night in London (a must-see). The series is appropriately titled "Shrink." The idea is wonderfully simple, and the execution precise and imaginative. Nicola describes it best: "So, just using hot air, it's possible to build and fix chairs, bookshelves and tables."
Of course it's not so simple: serious thought has gone into the forces at play in the furniture, with stainless steel surfaces bent to meet exactly milled notches in the wood, providing the necessary forces to stabilize the colorful joints. Below, see a few tests from Nicola's process, on display at the RCA exhibit.
Lots more great work at the RCA Show 2. Go see it at the Kensington campus through July 4th, 2010.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.