Tri-Ele is a collection of furniture inspired on metallic rocking chairs from the 80’s, designed by young Puertorican Industrial Designer Kristoffer Julien, who’s main interests are an array on different topics such as: biomimicry, sustainability, transportation and astronomy. Besides Industrial Design, Julien is also interested on short-films, animation, painting and sculpture but wishes to continue his studies on industrial design avanzado or product design.
The significance of his brand name: Tri-Ele, is the representation of three sides that compose a triangle. The inspiration started with three main concepts: scribbles, the materials of a rocking chair and a bird’s nest. “Since the beginning, I wanted to design a functional scribble, but it isn’t a cost effective idea. Then I noticed that the lines I have traced were not curvilinear, instead they were more orthogonal, behaving more like triangles”, says Julien. He adds that the curiosity he has on those metallic rocking chairs, added to a bird’s nest complexity and structure, completed the idea for the design of an object that is both aesthetic and functional, but also simple and complex.
The use of steel with the complex form, gives birth to a triangular composition for the line and according to Julien, who graduated from Escuela Internacional de Diseño y Arquitectura (EIDA) at the age of 26; the combination of materials, including wood, metal and leather provides a unique and appealing collection with multiple applications: interior home, lobby, office or exterior porch. The craft of each handmade piece is meticulously designed, where every corner had to be well thought, adds Julien, explaining that no matter where the backseat is facing, it will look good no matter where it is placed.
Images show the first batch of furniture which were found at this year’s BOOM Design and Innovation Fair 2015 in Puerto Rico.
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