?2 - flexibility and modularity - furniture that becomes a combination of design, decoration and architecture.


In architecture the application of the golden section, and with this the proportioning system of the square root of 2, is said to require the integration of the whole scope of the design from the site to the minute detail. Modularity and sequences of measurements were a modernist hope for the achievement of human betterment through better architecture.

While the balcony traditionally has been an architectural element between indoor and outdoor life, it should be seen as a part of both. When doors to the balcony are opened it becomes an extension of the living environment and the views from the balcony create a link with the outdoors. The quality of life can be improved by creating an indoor / outdoor experience.

The prevalent paper formats in Germany are defined by DIN. The sequence A of sizes is based on the Square root of 2. This  means that pasting two DIN A pages together at their long sides yields the next larger DIN A formatted page.

This principle of the square root of two is applied to this furniture design where the stools can be combined to become a coffee table and allow creation of different scenarios to suit each person�s needs. Focus is on flexibility and modularity.

The focal point of the ?2 balcony furniture design is the wrap over the balustrade, as it becomes a combination of design, decoration and architecture.

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