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In the Dormeuse, Philipp Aduatz’ has created an object that combines a sculptural and opulent shape with a load bearing system of cell-like appearance. Due to its dynamic shape, intermediate positions between sitting and outright lying are comfortably possible.

The Dormeuse was Aduatz’ diploma project at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in 2007. Through his involvement with the “culture of resting”, up from the Roman Empire, and his observations of people in various resting positions, the designer attempted to manifest his deliberations in an object. An important influence in Aduatz’ design was the work of the sculptor Anthony Cragg, who in his early work, created sculptures with natural looking cell-like structures. From him Aduatz got the inspiration to turn to nature for the load bearing system of his planned “reclining object”. Natural structures, such as bones, are ingeniously optimized load bearing systems which have a low density at a maximum load capacity. In several visits to the museum of natural history he studied the structure of fossils and ancient animal skeletons. This led Aduatz to design the intricate network of cell-like pockets and connecting filaments that make up the Dormeuse.

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2007
Glass fibre reinforced polymer, car paint
92 x 100 x 152 cm
Edition size: 12 + 3

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