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Mutation series

May 9, 2012

Created by Belgian designer Maarten De Ceulaer, this unusual collection of bulbous furniture is inspired by the growth and mutation of cells.

On show at Ventura Lambrate last month as part of the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair, the Mutation Series is an intriguing furniture collection with a bulbous aesthetic that unusually draws inspiration from cell growth and mutation.

Mutation has been created by Belgian designer Maarten De Ceulaer. Though inspired by ideas of organic growth, De Ceulaer’s collection gives the concept of ‘organic form’ a new twist – instead examining the irregularity of mutating cells, bacteria or growths spawning from chemical or nuclear reactions, hinting at something unnatural.

De Ceulaer says: “Maybe one day we would be able to grow a piece of furniture like we breed or clone an animal, and manipulate its shape like a bonsai tree.”

Made using cut-offs of foam spheres that are then attached to a core structure, the furniture has been coated with a durable rubber or velvet-like finish, giving them a tactile finish that adds further interest to the unusual bulging forms.


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