This year, Jordy Canudas, Andrew Haythornethwaite and Core77 contributor Shai Akram, three parts of loose studio collective Okay Studio, presented You're Getting on My Nurbs at the Lago Appartamaneto in Brera. The furniture plays on the idea of point-based deformable surfaces (also called, as we're sure all you designer types know, NURBS). Instead of deforming a surface in the computer with clicks of a mouse, the studio took this approach to real, physical space, pushing and pulling a sheet of heated Corian to create a comfortable shape.
The process is not so different from the one on your computer screen, just a tad more aggressive, maybe. A sheet of Corian is sublimation-printed with a grid, and selected points are turnbuckled and pressed into the desired shape.
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.