Note Design Studio‘s efforts are focused on maximizing the uniqueness on each of their projects and giving a shape to non-material values. The main idea behind Peep was to find a type of furniture that allowed the light to go by and still be strong enough. They found none and decided to create their own with a mesh of perforated aluminum that also added a plus to the office environment. To make the aluminum collars more structurally safe, it was fixed to more rigid boxes on the bottom and the top. Images © Mathias Nero

When working with offices and workplace environments the light from the windows are seldom sufficient and furnishings including desks and acoustic screens are effective barriers of light traveling through the room.
We have sought to remedy this by looking for products that allow light to pass through. There were none. During our annual experimenting within the Marginal Notes concept, we picked up the light issue again and found some early rough sketches of ideas regarding the matter. Marginal Notes is a forum we have created for ourselves where we have the space and opportunity to realize ideas that might not work or do not necessarily comply with  industry production requirements. PEEP was such an idea. We had an idea for a transparent “collar” in mesh or perforated metal. The collar would then be fixated with some kind of boxes or shelves at any height, like a Tetris game within the collar.
The product would also be a spacious and visually exciting furniture that was not specifically linked to the office environment. We had earlier discussed an idea about how to create a product like that, but in live projects there is little room for failures. In this case we doubted whether it would be stable enough or whether the weight would be a factor. Now that we together with Lerch Träinredningar had a possibility within the Marginal Notes concept to test the idea, we went as far as we could experimenting with different sizes of collars, different perforation density of the metal and different materials. We developed the perforated collars with RMIG. When the collars arrived it was far from obvious that the project would succeed. The aluminum collars were very light but also very wobbly. Until the boxes were fixed the project was very uncertain. However, when assembled the
cabinets were stable way beyond our expectation and stood firmly without swaying. Another idea that we wanted to try out was a series of legs whose design would fixate the material that it was intended to support. We tried several different leg positions in the PEEP series that were all customized to the respective PEEP cabinet that they would support. All the legs are mounted flush into the sides and can be dismounted. In addition to PEEP we designed KEEP. As little as possible we wanted to work with fixed shelving’s and came up with the idea to work with loose boxes that can be pushed around, piled up and spun around inside the PEEP cabinets. In the KEEP series some boxes have an open front and back cover with perforated metal. Forward facing, these boxes can be a display area for things you want to expose, while rear facing, they could be hiding your mobile charger or cords. There is also a series of boxes with sliding perforated shutters.

Davide

Davide was born and raised in the tiny Piemonte town of Biella, world-famous for its textiles and the hometown of Michaelangelo Pistoletto. A life-long passion for design and innovation led Davide to New York City, where he lives with his family. He created Gessato in 2006, and he's been pioneering new communication tools and techniques ever since.