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In this first collaboration between Guto Requena and designer Rodrigo Almeida an abstract object was envisaged, rather than a functional one. Bub… Read More
In this first collaboration between Guto Requena and designer Rodrigo Almeida an abstract object was envisaged, rather than a functional one. Bubble wrap was thus chosen as the starting point for the experimentation. Handling the material revived many memories, such as the juvenile pleasure of popping the bubbles; it also brought up its relation to contemporary pop culture, such as the infamous case of the Brazilian priest who flew with the support of balloons, and the “bubble boy” cases, highly publicized in the 1970’s. We realized soon enough that the bubbles’ ethereal translucency was guiding our thoughts through a realm of immateriality. An intuitive testing process was initiated. Through this process the designers unveiled to themselves a lot on their individual creative processes. In spite of their highly distinct personality and methods, the concepts of this project brought them together. Once penetrated, this “bubble” led them through an oneiric, fantastic universe. No drawings nor parameters were established; they enjoyed the material’s will and stimuli. The designers noticed that the bubble wrap reel were perfect structures which created volume and resistance through its accumulation, in the manner of a design sculpture. This intuitive non-linear process shuffled all of their personal researches and style choices, which were rearranged by chance to reach their crossing point. Finally, all pieces came together perfectly, as though they had always been there. These bubbles certainly seem to have an urge to fly. Read Less
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