müsing–sellés Reinterprets Relationships Of Form And Utility


müsing–sellés is a design collaboration started in New York in 2018, by Spanish architect Álvaro Gómez-Sellés and Canadian architect Marisa Müsing.

Interested in exploring and reinterpreting the relationships between form and utility while moving away from expected functionality in everyday objects their practice focuses on relationships of materiality, forms, and the unity in designing through sets.

SET NO 6 created in collaboration with Kevin Lamyuktseung reconsiders the roles materials play in the domestic environment, placing the hard and the soft in new arrangements and orientations. As users, materials provide cues for our interactions; softly rounded forms imply suppleness and give, while stone and glass present stability and weight. SET NO 6 sets out to reframe typical notions of where hard and soft go, how they behave, and how they come into contact.


The set was hand made in Bolzano (Italy). Both pieces are composed of two elements. The first element, white volume, is CNC routed high-density polystyrene, sanded and finished with matte white car paint and polyurethane resin coating. The second element, a panel, is a custom cut sheet of 24mm thick transparent glass with a green-blue tint.

The two pieces in this set, a chair, and a table, place hard and soft in different positions of contact. The chair is a double-sided seat, the pane of glass sits within the fold of the powder white sausage. The table is comprised of three stacked elements. Two sausages hug one another on the ground, stabilized by the curved glass panel resting on top.




All images with courtesy of müsing–sellés


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