Slovenian designer Vanja Bazdulj spent a year and a half as an architect before switching to furniture design at The Cass in London, where she is currently a Designer-in-Residence. For her so-called Rough & Ready series, Bazdulj transforms sheets of industrial wool into ad hoc chairs with a CMYK-turned-street-art aesthetic. The pieces embrace their willfully crude process—and are unique for this reason—yet compelling for their shamelessly slapdash construction.
Rough & Ready is an experimental furniture morphology inspired by exploring the potentials of the imperfect, human, unpredictable, the unfinished 'finish' look aesthetics and independence in work process ("I don't need no Fancy tools"). Object designs are focused on exploring ambiguous forms, materials out of context and a playful approach to making. All material is prepared by hand, making each piece a unique version. Industrial wool pressed felt is reinforced by rubber, creating not only functional elements but playing with aesthetics of the pieces. Tailored cured sheets of different densities wool felt are assembled and tightened into place with rope, forming seating elements. All Rough & Ready models can be altered according to client wishes and needs, be it in scale or colors.
You can see these pieces in person at the Designersblock exhibition at Ventura Lambrate during the Salone.
Photography by Matjaz Tancic