Ultraframe by UM Project
Shelving units are often seen as miniaturised versions of buildings. Subject to similar architectonic constraints, this type of furniture also benefits from similar formal attributes: structural solidity, space division, amassed voids; the ability to layer and conceal. Each singular shelve can be equated to a floor or level. Exploring many of these qualities and more, UM Project debuted the Ultraframe series at the XOCO building during New York Design Week (NYCxDesign) – showcased in partnership with Colony, from 11-24 May.
Ultraframe is a series of ‘animated’ pieces that transcend playful reference and function. Each individual piece maintains its own character and presence. The tactility of various porous surfaces employed – cork or the Apparel knitted textile, produced by Dutch maverick brand FEBRIK – juxtapose hard frames beneath – constructed in materials like maple, stainless steel, phenolic, Corian® or concrete. Ultraframe reverses the accepted notion that hard shells should contain soft interiors. In some cases, the base structure reveals itself and forms part of the outer layer.
Headed by François Chambard, UM Project (User & Maker) is a Brooklyn-based independent practice that straddles the line between artisanal and mass production. Combining speculative thinking with a strong design sense and manufacturing prowess, the studio creates everything from furniture to unusual goods and interior concepts. With the use of honest materials and a careful consideration for colour, UM Project is able to push new formal and conceptual limits while still holding true to cultivated techniques.