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Floresta | Frivolous & Rhythmical Design By Michel Gallus

Floresta is a coffee table with the ideas of the Art Nouveau in a modern timeframe

The creator of Floresta Michel Gallus is Born and raised in Alkmaar (Netherlands), yet still outlandish in his own country. Michel is still going a long way in becoming both a graphic and furniture designer. During his studies on the Design Academy in Eindhoven he explored that he needed a more hands-on approach to explore the missing gap of creating structural furniture. Now after another four years he is more capable of mixing different disciplines including art, fashion, graphic & furniture which is a dream in his future career.

Floresta by Michel Gallus D'SIGN magazine
Floresta by Michel Gallus

From 2D to 3D: All parts of the table are drawn in 2d using illustrator and when put together they form a 3d spectacle of branches and other floral shapes. All parts can be fitted in a flat box which makes it suitable for ecological transport.

Floresta by Michel Gallus
Floresta by Michel Gallus

Trial & error: While a lot of furniture pieces nowadays are drawn directly in 3d, this piece is still a mixture of both 2d and 3d drawings which is making the process quite difficult. While setting up the first prototypes, a lot of mistakes were still visible. These failures needed to be filtered out by measuring, recalculating and drawing multiple times.

Floresta by Michel Gallus
Floresta by Michel Gallus

Modern materials & techniques: One of the key aspects during the Art Nouveau [1890-1919] was the use of an ornament as a structural piece, both in furniture and architecture. This inspired me to do the same using low-cost materials as 3mm plywood which is then laser-cutted and varnished in rubber to give it strength and bendability. This material together with the perspex tabletop gives the object its unique shape.

Floresta by Michel Gallus
Floresta by Michel Gallus

A shape needs to be daring: There is no right approach to look at Floresta. The table looks indeed very different from almost every side. The objects I make are like small characters, which means that the longer you are with them, the more you discover about them.

Floresta by Michel Gallus
Floresta by Michel Gallus

A shape needs to be daring: There is no right approach to look at Floresta. The table looks indeed very different from almost every side. The objects I make are like small characters, which means that the longer you are with them, the more you discover about them.

Floresta by Michel Gallus
Floresta by Michel Gallus

A never ending process: I started with small stools & side tables, then created a bigger piece using the same DNA. What’s next? A lot of small enhancements for use in tougher environments. Next to it I will make more new products to create a series of furniture.


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