Inspirational product design eMagazine
Inside see how Orla Reynolds combines ballet with design.
Check out this cool bookcase by graduate designer Orla Reynolds – The bookcase holds within his shelves two colored tables and four chairs that fit any small living spaces or for those who wish to cater to the unexpected guest.
The white bookcase comprises independent units of two or four squares, each holding a chair or table in its sides.
“I began my exploration by focusing on dance. I was a ballet dancer, having studied ballet from the age of four. I wanted to focus on the strength of a ballerina, the lightweight and lightsomeness of a ballerina, the beautiful streamlined silhouette they create.
I began to think about the theater stage. I thought about how a production is brought together for the audience; how the audience becomes engaged. I then began to think about the home as a stage; and how our lives play out within these four walls. The walls appeared to be the most wasted space, especially in small living spaces such as apartment living. Through concept development, and model making, I created As if from nowhere…
As if from nowhere… is an independently functioning bookcase, that houses four dining chairs, and two tables, that when united create a dining table. The movement from bookcase to dining is like a scene change. It transforms the space like props on a stage. The dancers can be seen in the chairs and tables. These are made of such strong material that there is an expectation that they are heavy. But they are lightweight. They are streamlined creating an elegant silhouette.
I tried to sustain a vision. The bookcase is the nucleus of this production. It houses everything, awaiting the performance. The four chairs are like the four swans in Tchaikovsky’s, Swan Lake. The tables are the corps de ballet bringing the production together. Furthermore the bookcase works independently itself, dressing the home.”