The VENDÔME project takes the precondition of endless transformation as its point of departure. Commissioned by Design Miami/ Basel to mark KRAM/WEISSHAAR’s appointment as their 2008 Designers of the Future, VENDÔME consists of a set of 99 one-off concrete objects. Each object, whether it table, stool or pedestal, was generated using a custom-made piece of software that allowed for viable designs to be drawn and rendered in a permanent material at speed, and in a manner that bypasses the conventional layers and methods of production.
In line with earlier projects, VENDÔME aims at parametrically generating a family of objects with different typologies and different heights. In this regard, it can be seen as a continuation of BREEDING TABLES (2003 – ongoing). For VENDÔME, each design is developed within, and documented by, a piece of software programmed by Weisshaar and Kram that generates an infinite number of proposals while flexibly reacting to changing parameters (e.g. the height, width or depth of the object). The proposals are then singled out and fine-tuned by the designers. At the press of a button, a selected geometry is processed and the 3D CAD drawings for the casting mould are generated and passed on to numerically controlled machines.
While the BREEDING TABLES project is restricted to a single furniture category, VENDÔME opens up a wealth of potential typologies and possible interpretations – whether it be a stool, stand, bench, table, or sculptural object, for example. VENDÔME expands the reach of KRAM/WEISSHAAR’s concept of producing a multitude of individual, unique pieces of furniture that make use of the full potential of current production technologies.
The edition consists of 99 unique copies.