This documentary is a personal project, in fact, my first video project.
Santiago Salgado is a furniture maker based in Queens, New York, who I have had the honor to work for and learn from. He has been making furniture for over 20 years. The shop specializes in high-end furniture using materials like parchment and straw marquetry among others. What fascinates me the most though is his philosophy and his craft.
P-11 Chair designed by Maxim Scherbakov.
Produced, Edited, Sound and Camera: Lesha Galkin
The main goal was - to create a chair with complex polygonal shapes simple to manufacture without using any fasteners.
The chair consists of a white metal frame and plywood triangles that form the seat and the back. The plywood elements are glued together, thus creating a very reliable and simple joint of the two materials.
The industrial design and production of Pod, an acoustic privacy chair by Benjamin Hubert for De Vorm. The sustainable alternative to large upholstered furniture to create a 'room within a room' in office and hotel breakout areas.
This range of flat-packed furniture by Benjamin Vermeulen does away with little bags of screws, fastenings or Allen keys and simply snaps together with super-strong magnets.
His range of MAG (Magnetic Assisted Geometry) furniture is made of sheet steel and solid wood, with magnets allowing each piece to be assembled in minutes with no tools.
"Shipping furniture unassembled is more economical and more environmentally friendly, but flat-packed furniture is often made from low-grade material and its assembly is far from straightforward," said Vermeulen.
The furniture can be assembled and disassembled many times over without losing its initial structural integrity, meaning it's fine to take it apart when moving house, storing it or selling it on.
Replacing parts is also easy since they come off and reattach with the same ease.
The chair has a two-part frame that slots together where the leg braces cross under the seat, before a sheet-steel seat and backrest are clipped into place.
Metal pegs at the corners of the folded steel table top slot into magnetic tubes inside the tops of the table legs.
The cabinet offers more options and allows the user to select components based on the configuration they require. The basic cabinet is one layer high, but more layers of different heights can be added with our without doors.
Vermeulen designed the collection as part of his graduation from the Design Academy Eindhoven and presented it during Dutch Design Week.