Splitting her time between London and Tel Aviv, rising star designer Dafi Reis Doron innovates new forms and techniques aimed at manipulating technology to create one-of-a-kind designs.
With her 75% Control project, Doron developed a new technology for furniture “upholstery.” Her Rectangular Stool from this series is made by casting polyurethane foam in an open mold with a wooden structure inside. As a result of a chemical reaction, the foam expands towards the structure and creates a surprising shape that is both amorphous—from the free rise of the foam—and accurate—from the precise location of the structure.
The process was developed with a material engineer to find the best foam with a super strong skin to prevent the need for extra layers—remaining flexible for comfort—and, with a quick reaction time of just three minutes, enabling fast production. The use of classic legs with a thin, inner curve together with the experimental beauty of the colored foam creates a unique aesthetic: a fusion of personality and functionality with the quality of a hand-made object.
Photos © Guy Hecht