Swell Benches and Stools by Rachel Griffin

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Economy in fabrication does not have to cut corners, but rather, can lead to new discovery of design. Swell is a collection of benches and stools from Rachel Griffin for Earnest Studio, but the forms of these pieces are dictated by process as much as by Griffin. Instead of standard upholstery techniques, polyurethane foam is poured into a felt bowl, and an elm wood frame is suspended in place as the foam “swells” to its final shape. This expansion binds the seat together, and each piece is uniquely different from the last. Rest assured that nothing is left as a castaway on the workshop floor!

Kimberly

Kimberly

Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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