Blackwood, wool felt, powder-coated steel
Cocoon utilises a multi-sensory design approach through a combination of timber, sound absorbing fabric upholstery, and steel. Contrasting surface textures enhance tactility as a device for encouraging playful exploration and emotional connection.
With inspiration from natural forms such as shells, nests and cocoons, this work translates Gaston Bachelard’s philosophical notions of spaces into contemporary functional furniture forms. Bachelard illustrates the feelings and dreams of tranquility and the naïve wonder that these forms evoke in his book, The Poetics of Space.
Furthermore, the image of a cocoon here references a stage in the life cycle of a butterfly or moth, where the slow-moving caterpillar builds a fortress, which it hides inside as it transforms before emerging full of life and energy as it flies away. Similarly, the moveable felt structure in this piece acts as a human cocoon; forming a physical space where the user can retreat from external stressors, thus providing a sense of separation from the world around them, and extending themes of security, safety, exploration and contemplation.
Photos by Jeremy Brown
Cocoon, 1:5 scale model