Fraaiheid’s +table & MUUS Redefine the Screw
XS ARCHITECTURE talked to one of studio Fraaiheid’s trio, Rikjan Scholten, about their two innovations: +table and a new series named MUUS. By a completely natural design process, the objects result in redefining the screw – +table rejects it completely and MUUS cannot hang without it (+ slideshow).
XS ARCHITECTURE talked to one of studio Fraaiheid’s trio, Rikjan Scholten, about their two innovations: +table and a new series named MUUS. The first is a table that uses one sheet of plywood and removes the need to use any nuts and bolts at no added cost to the buyer, quite the contrary in fact, with Fraaiheid’s mission to make non-design prices; the second is a more conceptual piece that looks to a wall for inspiration, and those little holes that ‘collect traces of our use over time’. Here, the architecture trio – Daniel Aw, Sjoerd Schaapveld and Rikjan Scholten – chose not to ignore the imperfections, instead they have created a piece that works almost like a piece of jewellery on the wall.
MUUS is probably more obviously symbolic of their name, Fraaiheid, Dutch for beauty, but the studio use the word to fight the taboo of ‘beauty’ not being used in architectural language – ‘Why can’t something be called beautiful? Why does it have to be ‘minimal and cool’ – it can be beautiful’, says designer Scholten.