Meanwhile Curiosities: Modular Furniture by Epiforma
Epiforma is a new Portuguese design studio based in Porto. Founded by Felipe Ferreira and Francisco Ribeiro, they create high-end modular furniture, unusual board games and limited edition products. Meanwhile Curiosities is a their first furniture collection designed to be a conceptual representation of time.
Combining together an exploration of new structures, unexpected combinations of materials and playful use of colour while distorting the objects meaning and its aesthetic associations, but maintaining an intense relationship with their use and context, we aim to challenge the connection that with time people establish with objects of common use, turning a collection of functional objects and furniture into sculptural pieces that can be played with and enjoyed.
All the objects and furniture where produced with high quality materials such as steel, aluminium, solid ash, solid oak, black granite and Carrara marble, to ensure the best possible quality. All objects were handmade and developed in Portugal by selected manufacturers and artisans. Most of them are available in other combinations of colours and materials.
The collection includes:
Manoeuvre sideboard: a mobile piece of furniture that responds to the new spatial needs born from contemporary living habits in which the concept of interior spaces need to be flexible for different uses and will change from time to time. Manoeuvre explores the idea of the sideboard as an objects that allows people’s interests to travel around a personal space.
Binary vase and candle holder: Inspired by the shape of an hourglass, Binary is a functional and at the same time meditative object that embraces time as ephemeral matter. Binary was designed to be have more than one function: a candle holder, a single-flower (or brunch) vase, and since Binary is not a solid form, but a combination of playful blocks, it leaves open the possibility to create an array of possible ephemeral installations with it’s pieces, inviting the user to interact with it and allowing for personal interpretations and stories to be made.
Dotless Domino: a graphical interpretation of a domino. The original structure and context is preserved and we aim to strengthen the visual and tactile experience of the game by using blocks of wood with playful combinations of colours and textures, instead of the typical dots.
Magnetica: a container designed to keep secrets. An ambiguous object that has three clear interferences in the material structure which are not in a position that can be open through someone’s hands, creating situations of confusedness and at the same time playfulness.
Stackable Desktop: a modular microsystem collection made of several interlocking objects for the home, office and personal environments. Stackable Desk comprises a clock, a magnetic cube and a container.
Stackable Beauty: a modular microsystem collection made of several interlocking objects for the home, office and personal environments. It comprises a container, a mirror and a fragrance keeper.
Epiforma is a multidisciplinary design studio established in 2014 that creates a diverse range of visual stories across multiple disciplines. Combining together a love of narrative and strategy that influences experimentalism and functionality, we build systems to generate creative outputs that define an innovative experience between our clients and their audience.