Godspeed Furniture

published in: Design By Ricardo Hernandez, 23 March 2010

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Contemporary furniture design from Italy, Sweden, USA, Brazil and all over the world has fascinated our minds and enriched our lives.  Although contemporary is defined by the existing or the occurring at this very moment, many of the designs that are labeled contemporary often describe the style but not the actual conditions in which we live in. What truly is contemporary is the fact that most of what we design ends up in the landfill, as IDEO's Tim Brown suggests. 

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We live in a world where options are plentiful but holding on to those purchasing decisions is absolutely irrelevant.  As a rule of thumb, Karim Rashid suggests that anything with a shelf life of 11 months or less —electronics, etc. — should be made out of cardboard, for maximum disposable life-cycle.  What these comments informs us is that we seem to have more plentiful waste than we know what to do with. Waste no more!

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Godspeed, a small conceptual furniture studio based out of Tel Aviv, Israel sees the opportunity of giving life back to these overlooked and undesired materials that end up in trash.  Joy van Erven (Holland) and Finn Ahlgren  (Sweden) possess an unorthodox mentality and a purposeful choice of materials opposing the high style world of design that lead into a conceptual furniture company that embraces waste and gives it a second life or better said, a life.

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As the name describes, Godspeed is essentially that, furniture in a one-hour time frame.  They have created a unique process where they hurdle the sketching phase and go straight into building the furniture pieces by themselves, similar to a performance art piece where it occurs right there and then.  This unconventional process and the raw nature of their materials offers a distinctive and individualized perspective to their work, therefore elevating its perceived and cultural value to its consumers.  Their pieces range from takes on baroque, contemporary and plain experimental. 

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Their raw, medium and well done furniture versions captivate our pre-conceived notions of what furniture design is.  Due to its intimate process of making by hurdling over other phases like planning, sketching and so on, they are able to inject their imminent emotions and create sculptural into the pieces.  Honesty, playfulness, humor and wit are some of the descriptive terms that unfold in these one of a kind pieces.

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    abhinavbhagat | 2010-03-23 14:28:33

    very very nice .... just the way it should be .... unfinished from the outside to give it character and finished from inside to make it full towards utility .... amazing .... love it .......

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    157+173 designers | 2010-03-23 14:55:59

    this is an excellent piece of work . congrats

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    Emma | 2010-03-23 15:04:23

    These furniture creations are certainly conceptual if not a little amusing also in their design. I actually saw an article on Godspeed furniture late last year on another website where many were likening their work to a trashy student project with pieces thrown together with little design forethought. Whilst their creations may be designed and created in less than 60 minutes, I actually rather like the finished pieces. Sometimes the best designs originate from simply trying ideas out. Emma.

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    Heather Dausch | 2010-03-25 03:40:05

    I love that there is a richness to such a rugged layering of raw materials. It's inspiring to see how creativity can create beauty with a base of anything. Keep more of this coming...

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    nichole | 2010-03-28 04:47:05

    This style may not be for everyone but it's nice to see something new. Personally, I'm tired of seeing simple ordinary furniture. These pieces are organic and minimal in the simplicity of materials and execution.

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    jlen | 2010-03-30 19:24:30

    Yes, yes, furthermore, yes. Lets get splinters, pick em out and still be pleased. Mega.

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    RB | 2010-03-31 20:57:45

    The design is aesthetically unsound- I was at first excited to see where it could potentially lead, but I was disappointed and was left feeling that the design was almost too confident and even presumptuous. There is no pleasing rhythm of geometry that pieces like those could have possibly had, nor is there an effort at making the individual shapes interesting on their own. They seemed to have been slapped together with little thought.

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    pierre garroudi | 2010-04-07 21:26:05

    beautiful work i would love to exhibit theses works in my gallery

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    H. Consuela | 2010-04-13 15:33:22

    this is the most beautiful funiture I have seen in a long time. It makes so much sence to me. It is alive. Uncontrolled by its creaters who in my eyes are only being very respetcful towards the material and the energy that lies within it. I believe that we do not need another designchair, there are to many already. Thank you and Please keep inspiering me and others.

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    Richard J Woods | 2012-02-27 05:11:24

    Some of these furniture look solid despite the way they were put together, these people are really talented and I wonder if I can order a piece of their work online. While I might not put it through rigorous use, it will still make a good conversation piece when my friends come over.

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    Shawn | 2012-03-08 09:42:32

    These furniture might look like they don’t belong in a home, but I believe when you actually place them next to the rest of your furniture, they will fit right in and liven up the place! I like the way they designed and made the chair in the first photo, it is my favourite of the ones featured.

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