Upscaling of industrial tooling
“Every mould has many objects inside and it is the designer’s task to reveal them all”
The Circus Collection is part of the Made in Qatar project, a collaboration of few designers with local manufacturers. Qatar Rotomould, the company I have being affiliated to, established in 1984, was the first such firm to operate in the State of Qatar. The company produces water tanks from 100 to 5,000 gallons, barriers, and other products exclusively from linear low-density polyethylene. Their clients include State, municipal, and private companies.
The complexity and the consequent time consuming mold making defined the major borders and the biggest challenge of this project. The impossibility to create original shapes turned the design process into an environmental valuable Upcycling operation. In this case, rather then focus on the conversion of waste material or useless products into something new, the upcycle process has been applied to pre existing molds. The modernist claim form follows function has been turned upside down and, quoting a today’s Michelangelo, “every mold has an object inside and it has been the designer’s task to discover it”
Circus Collection is a series of furniture base on the concept of equilibrium, some of the cylinder are filled with water to provide a proper balance to the objects. Each piece, moreover, welcome a little 3d printed performers. The impossibility to crew or nail the water containers drove the choice to adopt ratchet straps as junction elements.