Dune was a modular outdoor furniture collection. It was designed by Rainer Mutsch. It was created for the Austrian concrete products manufacturer Eternit. Furniture design depended on so many parameters that are ergonomics, durability, capability of mass production, release properties, statics, modularity, and eco friendliness, and so on. To get the maximum stability out of 3ddeformed fiber cement, many prototypes and a lot of research were necessary. So, the geometry of the chair supported its stability through its controlled expansion and compression of the material which results in a load-capacity of around 900kg on the seating surface.
Outdoor furniture visualized the present material-technical maximum parametres of the fibercement material. The fibercement was a very stable structure by the load-bearing capacity for demanding requirement profile for public spaces. The rainwater flew through a hole in the seat surface to the inside of the loop which led directly out of the furniture through the bottom of a curved surface to dry out furniture as fast as possible.
With Dune, Rainer Mutsch wanted to tell a story about the materials capabilities, company history and hand forming methods of production. The form of all 5 elements of Dune now allowed users to move freely on the object and to choose the seating position based on his or her individual taste. This flexibility guaranteed maximum comfort on the one hand for the individual. On the other hand, it facilitated the communication when the elements were arranged in groups. Since Dune had been designed as modular furniture and extended indefinitely expandable system, it fitted all spatial situations. Possible integration of plants offered an additional possibility to create shadow and to further customize the space.
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