In 2008, Design Miami/ Basel named Clemens Weisshaar & Reed Kram "Designers of the Future" and commissioned a new body of work that employed the materials of concrete and wool to be exhibited over three days at the fair in Switzerland.
The installation at Design Miami/ Basel included six pieces from the VENDÔME series, and highlighted the variety of potential forms and furniture typologies of the project. Here, the functional assignment of the concrete objects themselves were kept open for interpretation – each of the forms allows for a wealth of potential uses, such as a stool, stand, bench, table, or sculptural object.
The software generated design process behind the VENDÔME objects was exemplified using wool strings that served as physical manifestations of the digital wireframes, and highlighted the formal complexity of the VENDÔME project itself. With the objects themselves rendered in concrete, the project’s aim was the question and reconcile the conflict between dynamism and stasis, and the transience of software and permanence of concrete within a temporary exhibition space.