Zieharsofika should show new methods of upholstery construction, aiming to create a stiff cushion from a flat foam mat.
By re-thinking cushioning techniques, the project uses conventional rubber foam mats which, with the help of elastic bands, come out as an ornamental form. The rectangular foam mat remains at a stretch and is only changed by layering and gathering it.
Compared to common upholstery technics Zieharsofika achives the same result by compressing the foam. The gathering causes a strong and stiff core while the surface is still flexible and soft.
At the same time the connection to the wooden stool should be integrated into the construction. This combines two steps of making and avoids a permanent connection between foam and wood. The cushions are fixed to the wooden foodstool construction just by their elastic rubber bands. This design avoids permanent connections between the foam and the wood, making it easy to replace cushions when they become worn.
Only three components (foam, rubber band and wood) are used to make assembling fast and simple.
Zieharsofika combines a new method of upholstery and ornamental design.
A very soft foam is necessary to create drapery. During the gathering process the foam gets a stiff core. At the same time the outer face stays soft and flexible. As a quick and easy alternative to common upholstery techniques Zieharsofika achieves the same result and does not depend on a complicate assembling and glueing of different harnesses of foam.
material: foam, jersey, multiplex
photos: by Meike Harde