Solid oak and steel: Epiforma’s playful building blocks

Published:  June 19, 2014

Furniture design evolves by playing with solid oak sideboards and candlestick holders

A newly established multidisciplinary design studio founded by Felipe Ferreira and Francisco Ribeiro in Portugal, Epiforma, cover a far-reaching spectrum of design practice — from conventional graphic arts, identity, typography and branding, to the creation of modular furniture, board games and unique objects.

The studio have brought together “unexpected combinations of materials and a playful use of colour to distort the meaning of an object and its aesthetic associations” in their latest project, Meanwhile Curiosities. Aiming to “challenge the connection that […] people establish with objects of common use”, Epiforma seemingly transformed “a collection of functional objects and furniture into sculptural pieces that can be played with and enjoyed.”

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All handmade and manufactured from high-quality durable materials, such as aluminium, steel, solid oak and ash wood, as well as black granite and Carrara marble, the collection of objects mimic playing blocks that might be found in a kindergarten. Yet it is through this considered selection of materials that the objects are transported to the realm of high-end construction and product design.

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The Binary vase and candlestick holder, was inspired by the shape of an hourglass to form a “time meditative object that embraces time as ephemeral matter”. A responsive and flexible design that can be transformed into a candlestick holder or a vase, “Binary is not a solid form, but a combination of playful blocks, [that] leaves open the possibility to create an array of possible ephemeral installations with it’s pieces, inviting the user to interact with it and allowing for personal interpretations and stories to be made.”


A mobile piece of furniture design, Manoeuvre, is “conceptually inserted in the typology of a sideboard”, but it is created to adapt to “the new spatial needs born from contemporary living habits in which the concept of interior spaces need to be flexible for different uses and will change from time to time.” The sideboard ultimately allows the user to constantly pilot a piece of storage to suit their ever evolving needs.


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