Tense is a furniture research project that explores the evolution of living in a time of global mobility and fluid identities.
Five neo-nomadic essentials easily transportable, tool-free and entirely connected by the force of tension allowing one to recreate and rebuild a home anywhere in a few simple steps.
Tense, presented by Panter&Tourron during Milan Design Week 2019, is a furniture research project that explores the evolution of living in a time of global mobility and fluid identities.
Celebrating the multi-locality of today and tomorrow, Tense consists of five neo-nomadic essentials characterized by sculptural forms and innovative materials. They are easily transportable, tool-free and entirely connected by the force of tension allowing one to recreate and rebuild a home anywhere in a few simple steps.
The concept of tension runs throughout this furniture series; not only as a metaphor for positive change but also as a real connective system within the different pieces. Tension is an ambivalent word: it can be seen as stress, uneasiness and anger but it is also a force capable of maintaining balance between seemingly opposing elements.
Tension brings us back to some of humanity’s first construction systems: stretching animal skins on wooden or bone frames to create temporary shelters. With the transition to a more permanent way of living, tensile construction was replaced by more durable designs and built in compression, being slowly relegated only to nomadic constructions such as tents and temporary structures.
Analyzing the evolution of values that drive us to embrace a less sedentary way of living, tension in this project becomes the linking factor. It allows for the creation of furniture made to last yet easy to transport, reconnecting to the nomadic essence of the technique.
Looking back at the original definition of transportable goods, all the elements in the collection have been designed to be lightweight, flat-pack and assembled and disassembled with no additional tools, using tension as a sole construction system.
Furniture’s main purpose is to make our spaces functional and fulfill our basic needs. However, there’s also the psychological need to identify ourselves within the space we live in.
This collection is shaped after the need of our generation to relocate frequently as well as offering a solution to the inaccessibility of valuable furniture.
The research elements were designed to be easily produced at a human-scale, where handmade tradition meets digital freedom.
Tense is easy to transport but also easy to source and produce. Our sustainable approach avoids heavy machinery or molding. Flexible fabrication techniques are preferred since they can be sourced locally and scaled globally by connecting digital artisans and small-scale manufacturers.
Assistants: Hanieh Rashid, Jeanne Siffert, Adrian Woo
Graphic design by Matthieu Visintin
Artwork by Valentin Kaiser
Photography by Jagoda Wisniewska
Video by Mattia Cossi