Young Madrid-born, London-based designer Ornella Stocco has recently developed these two projects; both with an unusual approach to assemblage.
'Underconstruction' is a set of porcelain elbows, rather like plumbing fittings, that connect wooden sticks in order to assemble furniture.
"I wanted to push forward the boundaries of porcelain’s common values by playing with its symbol of fragility and delicacy, and give a new use to it." says Ornella of the original concept.
The vitrified porcelain elbows function as hardware fittings, giving freedom to the user to customise a flat pack style multifunctional piece of furniture which consists of a table and two coat racks - and the blue willows transfers immediately explain the material each joint is made of.
A second project, entitled 'Lashed Chair & Windsor Family' aims to question the relationship between the iconic Windsor chair and its traditional processes of manufacturing.
"My intention was to reinterpret some aspects of the Windsor chair’s manufacturing processes, by applying a range of contemporary materials, allowing [me] to create something different without losing its identity."
We rather like Ornella's choice of hand binding the joints or seat backs - rather than imposing forms that require new technologies or machinery.
By reworking the Windsor chair in a new context, these new materials contrast with the traditional assumption of how a Windsor chair normally looks, but most importantly, every material participates somehow in the functionality of the chair.