Published on : Saturday, July 30, 2022
Pebble Rubble by the Swedish design duo Sofia Lagerkvist and Anna Lindgren of Front Design for Moroso is a sensory experience. An illusion that lures and captivates all, altering perception of time. Alongside daily routine, nature’s slow and boundless rhythm. Pebble Rubble design conveys a message that transcends the functions and qualities of a common seat. The most evident characteristic is the similarity of the upholstered volumes to those massive rocks, polished by the tireless rain and wind and cloaked by an organic or plant layer capable of softening its roughness and making the surfaces comfortable and welcoming.
“Imagine we find ourselves upon a massive, mysterious slab of stone. As if, in a time long before our own, someone gifted with superhuman strength lifted and positioned it, creating a megalithic seat. Let’s imagine that all this occurs in an unexpected location – in the entrance of a bank, the lounge of a hotel or in the halls of a library. Lastly, let’s imagine that we are getting closer to its surface and only then becoming aware of their softness.”
A scenic installation that doesn’t stop at simply simulating, but rests on a lengthy research during which the designers investigated the therapeutic benefits that nature has on people’s physical and mental health, as well as the cultural and psychological significance of natural environments, in particular those found in the designers’ native Sweden.
“Our new system of furniture for Moroso took its forms from found shapes in nature. As children in our native Sweden, our playground was the forest, and we imagined rocks, moss and fallen trees to be furniture and places for the body to rest and occupy. For this seating group, we 3D scanned rocks we saw on our many forest walks and composed these organic shapes together into furniture pieces”, says Anna and Sofia.