Tension at Work | Martha Schwindling

Tension at Work is an experiment in construction. Textile, which – in the context of furniture – is normally used for covering structural parts, becomes the main structural element. Common plywood boards are bent into shape by loops of textile that have been wrapped around them. The result is a series of stable objects comprising two materials that wouldn’t ordinarily provide stability when used on their own.

A group of trestles and a partitioning wall are presented as examples of the application of this construction principle: exhibited together, they suggest an office environment. The trestles are stackable, easy to dismantle and can be flat-packed. The wall illustrates how even large objects can be constructed in this lightweight and collapsible manner.