Rutger De Regt and His “Happy Misfits”
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There will be no Beat Boxed this month because, instead, our own Annie May spent quite a bit of time in Milan enjoying the Salone Furniture Fair, and consequently, the aftermath of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption. While there, she found lots of great stuff she’s going to share with us over the next week or so.

I had the pleasure of meeting Rutger de Regt from the Royal Academy of Art at this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile. I was very impressed by the Royal Academy’s entire exhibit, but I was truly captivated by the work of Rutger, a third year Furniture Design student.

What the hell is this, I asked myself? I wanted to touch it, feel it; I hadn’t ever seen anything like it. Now this is the type of design I am looking for, something that really pushes the boundaries of the ordinary through the use of material, textures, and technique. Rutger’s collection titled “Happy Misfits” managed to do this all. Each piece of furniture comes into being by imposing restrictions in the use of technique and material, and not by a previously determined design. His concept was drawn from the human body and how each one of us manipulates ourselves in one way or another. Check out a live performance by Rutger to truly understand his process of design.

Not only is Rutger a great artist, but his artistic performance was choreographed perfectly with his choice of music and visuals!

From this…

To this.

It’s great for all ages!

I cannot wait to see more work from this young talent who has followed his dreams into the world of design. Rutger, if you are reading this, it was a pleasure meeting you and I wish you the best of luck in your design career!

Photos: KABKMilano’s Flickrstream