Unlike desks, seats or cupboards, designing a wall or a wall system is a special challenge. There are many basic technical requirements involved, both as regards load-bearing properties and structural qualities. The wall is a complex product that has to take different purposes into account and be flexible in order to adjust to the height and width tolerances of the building. Unlike furniture, a wall has no body, is less autonomous and much more abstract. In the case of a glass dividing wall, the wall is, moreover, transparent and should be as unobtrusive as possible. Yet the design process is of course all about instilling the wall with an identity of its own.
Bene paid great attention to precisely these aspects when designing ist "RF Flurwand". "How can I forge an unmistakable design for transparency, i.e., for something that does not exist? How can I give the product a clear identity? And how can any techy feel be avoided, which is the downside to the structural backbone of so many wall products to date?" Johannes Scherr the designer handling the project at Bene, asked himself. He thus designed a system that consists of a continuous series of glass panes in a seamless row. Only the narrow aluminum slats that form the horizontal wall and floor profile bear the load while also playing an important formal part. Because "thanks to these grid-like elements, the systemn succeeds in emphasizing both the concept of horizontality and that of design consistency," Scherr states.
In this way, rooms can be given greater visual presence or optical illusions or countless differ forms of reflection created.
05 March 2010
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