Marcus Fairs of Dezeen conducted an exclusive interview with Ross Lovegrove during the Moroso Loves London exhibition at the London Design Festival in September 2014.
MOOT (Mood of Our Time) has entered the permanent collection of Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich.
This Carbon Fiber Chair was designed and developed in partnership with Established & Sons. It converges structural integrity, lightness and the most advanced state of the art surface qualities which can be achieved today.
Conventionally used, carbon fibre has a smooth highly finished ‘front’ surface and a rougher ‘back’, the by-product of its fabrication: a woven textile mat of fibres is placed on a form, and then impregnated with epoxy resin, which sets. Ross Lovegrove works with double surface carbon fibre, to transform the material. MOOT is designed for practical everyday use, despite the degree of skill that goes into crafting it. The complex curvature, with a cantilevered seat, turning toward the back of the chair could not be achieved using any other material and gives it strength and stability, while reflecting Lovegrove’s interest in the organic, anatomical forms that nature has evolved to achieve maximum performance for the use of the least possible material.
Die Neue Sammlung – a museum by the Free State of Bavaria – is one of the leading museums of the world. in Fact it is regarded as the world’s first design museum, founded some 100 years ago.
Ross Lovegrove created an installation of large volume, 3D lights within a distinctive hexagontiled reflective pavilion, made from materials and technology by the innovative French company, Barrisol. Both the pavilion and lighting collection is currently on view at Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium until the 26th of October.
The installation includes four large pieces that balance aesthetic form with subtle lighting function. Three pieces of the collection are forms of an ‘infinite loop’, they are highly volumetic, threedimensional lights, created from a perfect synergy between the stretch material, LED lighting and an aluminium framework. The final piece, Manta, forms a rhomboid, which allows for many different large modular arrangements. In this light, Barrisol foils with different intensities of stretch provide highly layered acoustic dampening and uniform lighting.