| Korban / Flaubert
"We use our workshop as a testing laboratory to generate
forms and evolve technical resolution. we try to generate
something real/fundamental by understanding basic effects
of material, volume and action. at the same time we invest
significant resources in technical and production research
to ensure the large scale viability of our products".
They describe their organic approach to design as a ‘process
of discovery’. The function is not predetermined. Through
experimenting with materials, volume and action an end product
might emerge as a seat, a light or some sculptural fantasy.
The application is found in the form itself, ‘the idea
falls out of life, the form falls out of the idea’.
"Our pieces, like life in Australia, are equally at
home inside or outside. we take our inspiration from the
natural world at all its scales: from micro to macro". materials/manufacturing processes
k/f investigate material + action! k/f aim to produce pure
self-evident functional forms which explore fundamental effects
and responses using pure materials. we continue to explore
the potential for interaction with objects through reconfigurability,
surprise and transformation.
for us the important elements that prompt this adventure
of perception. This kind of thinking is also at the root
of the design for our Weblight, which is formed of acrylic
covered with stainless steel and LEDs. Emitting a zigzag
line of light, Weblight can be used singly or in a series
as a partition or complex light sculpture - linking the modules
in a chain generates surprising levels of complexity. We
hope to impart surprise and discovery through these kinds
"Minimum material/maximum volume: _we apply simple
actions to pure materials to produce our pieces _metal processes:
rolling, wrenching, bending, folding, welding, polishing
_flow/molding processes: metal spinning/ aluminum casting/
rotational molding the membrane chaise uses a special Australian
mining industry process to produce its precision spiral wound
stainless steel mesh".
"We explore simple geometries,
and the effects of simple actions to generate compelling and
desirable forms. many
pieces are monocoque constructions where structure is surface,
simplifying manufacture and minimizing processing".
investigate: _material and action: forms evolved directly
from action applied to material. _volume/surface/edge:
smooth transformations: pure fluid morphing volumes. _transparency
and the topographic mutability of new technology materials.
We continue to explore these themes in all scales of project
from small objects to large abstract installations".