I spent five years living the student life in New Zealand. This translates to moving around from one shared house to the next, sweetly cajoling my lovely parents into hiring moving vans and dragging my furniture up and down stairs. Well, I imagine they would have been much happier carrying around Meike Harde designed furniture, rather than my cumbersome belongings! I am sure anyone who has ever bought one of those horrible portable clothing racks that fall apart under the weight of more than a few coat-hangers can relate to my excitement at seeing Harde’s lovely version. From the London series, it’s accompanied by several other ingenious storage devices, constructed from adjustable metal frames and fabric exteriors. They are light, easy to pull apart and are as decorative as they are practical.
Material experimentation is important in the development of many of Harde’s pieces and she is awfully clever at taking something ordinary and using it in an innovative way. Take Zieharsofika, for example—here we have standard components of a couch or stool: rubber foam and a wooden base. But, instead of applying the usual process of upholstery, the foam mat is covered in fabric and attached to the simple stool with skillfully woven elastic bands. Limited materials have achieved a functional, comfortable object that can easily work as the centerpiece of a lounge, thanks to the beautiful pattern formed by its method of construction. Another one of my favourites is Stockwerk, a sizable shelf that can be folded down a quarter of it’s full size without losing any of its sturdiness. This is perfect furniture for anyone with itchy feet!
Meike Harde will be taking part in the Salone del Mobile Milano 08–13 April. She will be in booth No. B-15, so be sure to check out her clever objects in real life if you’re there! And… look back here over the next few days for our favs from Salone del Mobile, it’s promising to be a good one.
Photographs by Meike Harde, and Stockwerk images by Johannes Höller; baemstudios.de