Bangkok studio Femme Atelier’s collection of furniture is made up of tables and chairs that take their design cues from traditional door and window frames.Founded in 2018 by Thai designers Mew Kamonwan and Lalita Kitchachanchaikul, the multidisciplinary design studio experiments with everyday objects in a bid to redefine their original purpose.In this case, conventional window and door frames are reimagined as pieces of colourful furniture.
Comprised of two tables and two stools, the Framemust collection translates the language and function of the door as a separation between two different areas into items of furniture.
Extruded aluminium profiles form the bases, while an acrylic panel slotted inside each frame mimics the panels of glass that usually rest inside the structure of a window or door.According to the designers, the ombre acrylic panels were used to represent the “communicative values” of the doorframe, as an entryway into another space.Frames coloured in mint, coral and dark blue support acrylic panels that have been finished with a gradient effect by way of UV printing, which uses ultra-violet lights to dry or cure the ink as it is printed.
The collection’s bright colour palette was chosen to bring character into people’s homes. In one instance, a dark blue frame is set against a contrasting light pink tabletop and its frosted pink panel.
The pastel-coloured aluminium components are then finished with a powder coating.Femme Atelier are not the only studio to use extruded aluminium in furniture design, Dutch studio OS & OOS used the material in the form of pipes to create a range of furniture based on the structure of a sawhorse.Meanwhile British designer Jasper Morrison employed extruded aluminium to create his deceptively simple-looking furniture series for Emeco, which features simple frames made from recycled, one-inch-square extruded aluminium tubes that were chosen for their strength-to-weight ratio.