Airframe 01 Is a Lightweight Cabinet Inspired By Early 20th-Century Airplane Wings

Posted On Thu, March 31, 2016 By

Posted On Thu, March 31, 2016 By In Furniture, Green Design

Dutch designer Mieke Meijer has created a cabinet that, while ideal for housing clothing or linens, is much more than just a storage piece. Called Airframe 01, it draws inspiration from the wings of early 20th-century airplanes, which were light, wooden structures covered with translucent white textiles.

Studio Mieke Meijer, led by Mieke Meijer and Roy Letterlé, work on self-initiated and commissioned projects from their bustling Eindhoven workshop. Famous for the NewspaperWood, their work sits within the fields of architecture and product design, boasting clean lines and industrial details.

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Meijer’s designs are not regulated by a single use, instead they are spaces and volumes for the user to interact with and create his/her own work or living environment. This multiplicity of uses is one of the key elements of Airframe 01, as it’s light and versatile and can be placed anywhere in the house.

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The cabinet stands on four slender wooden legs and is made from hole-punched, CNC-ed panels of oak veneer from Decospan, held together without glue or screws and tightened by a steel cable running across its skeleton.

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Created in collaboration with materials specialists Baars Bloemhoff, the cupboard’s skin is high-resistant, stretched lightweight polyester that elegantly wraps the 40-pound furniture piece.

Find other inspiring designs by Mieke Meijer here.

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Photos courtesy of Raw Color & Studio Mieke Meijer

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