Wave ZeroBy Maria Blaisse and Bin Xu
For Knit!, Amsterdam-based designer Maria Blaisse and interior architect Bin Xu set out to create a piece of furniture that could simultaneously activate and relax the body – a design that brings the body into balance.
Wave Zero is a flexible, lightweight birchwood form inspired by a drop of water. With one concave side, and one convex, Wave Zero can either cradle or stretch the body, depending on how the piece is positioned. Its flexible form is completed with two removable mats, or slim seat cushions, upholstered in Kvadrat Febrik’s Mosaic knitted textile.
Born from a six-year collaboration between Blaisse and Xu, Wave Zero unites its creators’ different areas of expertise. Blaisse’s longstanding research into body and movement is taken to new heights by Bin’s technical precision and design elegance.
Executed in 10mm-thick curved birchwood, Wave Zero is both firm and flexible, a quality its designers also detected in Kvadrat Febrik knitted textiles. The slim seat cushions are supple and firm, maintaining structure while also yielding to the weight of the body. In this sense, both textile and wood work together to realise Blaisse and Xu’s ideal of a piece of furniture. It is a piece that gives the body a dynamic balance, while offering a multitude of uses.