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Olithas:Part of C77DA Video Gallery

 

Core 77 awards has selected our Olithas video entry as part of the C77 Design Awards Gallery

earlier this week. We are extremely happy and elated for this recognition, considering we were

up against big budgets like Steelcase, Herman Miller, and Ziba.

Thank you Jeff Marrow for helping us pull this quick Video together in an afternoon.

He went above [...]

Olithas featured at Austin Modern House Tour House #12

Don’t forget to visit Room Fu’s Staged Home for this Year’s Austin Modern House Tour.

Feb. 5th  11am  – 6pm

They will be fearturing Studioefra’s Olithas prototype bench as part of their repertoire

of furnishings and [...]

Introducing “Tertulia Fissa”

Photo Credit: Alisa Marrow

‘Tertulia’ is the Spanish word for gathering, a conversational get together in

which people simply sit and exchange their ideas freely. Tertulias can happen

in a moments notice, but they can also happen at a fixed place and time.

Tertulia Fissa is part of a family of chairs originally derived from the metal

curved rods inside [...]

E.A.S.T 2010 closes with Awesome Results!

Thanks to all who visited! we had a great time getting to know everybody and hope to see you  all again next year.

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Studioefra @ E.A.S.T. 2010

Photo Credit: Alisa Marrow

Saturday, November 13 at 9:00am – November 21 at 6:00pm
Location FAB
1803 E. 6th Street
Austin, TX

Hosted by FAB shop and part of E.A.S.T. 2010
www.eastaustinstudiotour.com

Nov. 13-14 & 19-20
9am-6pm – Both weekends, all family welcomed!

HELLO ALL!

A friendly reminder to don’t forget, and visit us during the East Austin Studio Tour 2010 Starting next week. New [...]

Tertulia Story - It's come a long way since 2000...

Tertulia has been a work in progress for 10 yrs now.  Its humble beginnings can be traced to a Design Studio course  back in Spring of 2000.   This post summarizes the highlights of that process.
Tertulia 2000

Tertulia 2000

 

my original statement read as follows:

  • I communicate best when I sit and feel comfortable with people, thus the idea of a ‘Tertulia’ came to mind.
  • The word Tertulia means small social gathering in Spanish.
  • The goal for the project is to become myself a ‘Communicator’ and design a ‘Tertulia kit’. This will enable me to create a Tertulia, anywhere I please.
  • I have two weeks, an internal frame back pack, and a cooler for beer, Wine, and crackers, but no chairs, So I will focus on the chairs.
  • Their form will derive from the metal curved rods inside my pack.
  • The chairs are meant to be carried as a snowboard on the pack’s snowboard/shovel pocket in the back.  (brief from 2000)

Course: DES342 Design and Persuasion

Description: Studio projects will exercise the designer’s ability to convince and persuade.Topics will include historical models, the role of words, context and audience, and the effect of medium.

Prof: M. Mitrasinovic

Project Brief: Design a ’Communicator’

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Olithas - Prototype (2010)

Prototype

Photo Credit: Alisa Marrow

O-Lithas is a collection of outdoor/indoor furniture based on the idea of making stone-like slabs appear to be

light and fluid like a wave. The project started as play of words combining the Greek word ‘Lithos’ (Stone),

with the Spanish words ‘Ola’ (Wave) and ‘Olita’ (tiny wave), and is now evolved into a new and consistent means

to integrate steel and cement with Design.

The resulting pieces are minimalist, long lasting, and eco-friendly. The wavy pattern not only accounts for a

unique timeless aesthetic, and common language, but also functions as structural reinforcement along the span

of the slab, and to fit the radius of the metal bar base for a complete integration of materials.

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Tertulia Chair - Milano Salone Prototypes 2008

tertulia chair detail

Tertulia Chair Detail

 

‘Tertulia’  is the Spanish word for gathering, a conversational get together in which people simply

sit and exchange their ideas freely. Tertulias can happen in a moments notice. They can happen

anytime or anyplace, and for that reason a folding chair was simply the most natural departing

point typology for this project.

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Tertulia Chair - First Prototype (Fall 2005)

Tertulia - First Prototype

Tertulia - First Prototype