Paris based design studio NOCC is showing Antimatter at the Interior Design Biennale 2010 in the Underground, 15-24 October in Kortrijk, Belgium. Antimatter is a seating system that consists of two stools, one of which also serves as storage. One stool takes its form from the materialization of the negative space beneath the other.
Materializing this empty space brings to our attention something we are not normally used to seeing. This treatment of the “void” evokes the opportunity to address previously neglected spaces. Our surroundings nowadays are more often defined by volume rather than area.
Filling the void creates an additional part to the seat that achieves not only presence but function. Primarily used as a second stool, it also becomes a container, easily accessible by removing the lid. In this way, the use of negative space enriches the basic use of the object.
The first stool is made of white oak. The choice of material for the second stool was driven by the intention of creating a volume that would contrast with the idea and feel of nothingness. For this, Antimatter utilizes concrete, a material that has a strong visual impact both in space and time.
+ Design: NOCC
+ Dimensions: 37x37x50 cm
+ About NOCC
Juan Pablo Naranjo (born 1981) and Jean-Christophe Orthlieb (born 1982) established NOCC in 2008. Their collaboration is a permanent dialogue guided by a shared scientific mind and conceptual vision. NOCC try not to take an object for granted and focus on adding different layers of understanding by playing with archetypal codes in a poetic yet useful way.