In Two Dimensions

Korean designer Jongha Choi, a graduate of the Eindhoven Academy of design, has created a collection of space-saving, collapsible aluminium furniture that can be transformed from flat, "two-dimensional" forms into functional, three-dimensional objects.
21 January, 2019
This is made possible through clever design and the use of mechanical fasteners that lock the form in place when folded. The pieces are lightweight yet surprisingly sturdy.
Mr. Choi's inspiration for this clever set of furniture comes from discrepancies between his two eyes that compelled him to perceive the world differently from others.. He currently wears a contact lens in just one eye, and writes that this condition made it difficult for him to perceive depth, which often resulted in injuries. According to the designer, he wanted to create the experience of a two-dimensional object in a three-dimensional space for everyone by blurring the lines between these dimensions.
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The collection, called De-dimension, is comprised of a stool and a table made from aluminium. Each object can be folded down to become absolutely flat and afterwards be stowed away or hung on the wall like a picture. This furniture is not only looks surreal, but also is incredibly space saving.

The process itself of folding and unfolding offers the users a literal and physical representation of turning a two-dimensional image, like an initial design sketch, into a finalised, three-dimensional product.

"I have already experienced three-dimensional forms through various two-dimensional media, such as paintings, photos or video, but I haven't seen this happen the other way around," Choi told Dezeen.

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"The history of the image has always aligned with the history of the human race, and it has been understood and depicted in various forms," said the designer.

"Nowadays, owing to scientific technology, it is developing – from photography, film and even further towards virtual reality. Even the advent of three-dimensional printing skills shake our fundamental notion of the image. Unlike the past, we are not only seeing the image as a means of reproducing objects, but also as giving an essential identity to the image itself," he continued.

"In other words, though the image still shows its visual effect on a flat plane, it is not just an expression of representation, but it is creating an experience."

In the flat view of the product not only optimize the space, but also play the role of a bright decor element. Available in white, yellow, green mint, gray, royal blue and black colors, the furniture allows to create original wall compositions.

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