Zieharsofika, a stiff cushion from a flat foam mat

Published on October 19, 2016

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Material and models

Zieharsofika should show new methods of upholstery construction, aiming to create a stiff cushion from a flat foam mat.

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By re-thinking cushioning techniques, the project uses conventional rubber foam mats which, with the help of elastic bands, come out as an ornamental form. The rectangular foam mat remains at a stretch and is only changed by layering and gathering it.
Compared to common upholstery technics Zieharsofika achives the same result by compressing the foam. The gathering causes a strong and stiff core while the surface is still flexible and soft.

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Close-up view

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Construction

At the same time the connection to the wooden stool should be integrated into the construction.

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Has storage functions

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Can be used as magazine holder

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Connection by elastic rubber bands

This combines two steps of making and avoids a permanent connection between foam and wood. The cushions are fixed to the wooden foodstool construction just by their elastic rubber bands.

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Big bench and stools

Zieharsofika was selected various times for Lidewij-Edelkoort-exhibitions such as “Gathering” in Designmuseum Holon, Tel Aviv or “Fetishism” in Trapholt Museum in Denmark.

Meike Harde

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