Zieharsofika, a stiff cushion from a flat foam mat

Published on October 19, 2016

Material and models

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


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


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

Has storage functions

Can be used as magazine holder

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.

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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