An innate disposition to develop creative activities related to manual work and a finely tuned sense of what is practical to find reasonable (and innovative) solutions on issues related to furniture design may be the perfect excuse to find the perfect career path.

This is essentially what happened to Swedish designer Marcus Voraa, a creator, producer and collector of practical furniture. Since childhood he was conscious of his qualities to find the perfect path and give free rein to his creativity, and has been struck by the great ideas of his intellect. His production, currently limited to a small number of pieces, has that extra touch of common sense that has been lacking in many pieces of furniture that have existed for years.

Portrait designer Marcus Voraa.

Three of the positions adopts the rocking Bounce.

“Since I was a child, and even more so after my formative stage at the Steiner school in Oslo, I’ve felt that I have a special ability to discover or find solutions to certain aesthetic and functional approaches. At a professional level, in addition to my training as a carpenter I’ve also been able to apply this feature to finding practical methods and systems in the design of furniture,” says the designer.

Table Roll-Out Table @ unextended.

Surface to medium extended.

Table with slats fully extended.

His pieces, the Roll-Out Table@ and the Bounce rocking chair, clearly demonstrate these new avenues of exploration, with new proposals that improve on their traditional use. In Bounce he has added to the contemporary but still traditional chair arms a fastening element based on a rubber band that allows the chair to move back and forth. A finishing touch that, in the words of the designer, “modernises and updates the design.”

“Since I was a child, and even more so after my formative stage at the Steiner school in Oslo, I’ve felt that I have a special ability to discover or find solutions to certain aesthetic and functional approaches”.

The same applies to the Roll-Out Table @, an extendible table format that uses the traditional system of roller blinds to expand this everyday piece. “This idea came from my own home when we get together with family and friends. I always had to resort to auxiliary tables so that we could all eat in the same space. The Roll-Out Table@ became a reality when I received the approval of the Stockholm Furniture Fair this year. I was very excited because around these tables meetings, get-togethers, discussions or even conferences can take place. I wanted to represent in a physical form the social phenomenon that the Internet has become, and this table is the perfect way to do so,” says Marcus.

Vito, seat prototype made with resins and hogged wood.

The designer in his workshop.

Fotos: Marcus Voraa

www.marcusvoraa.com

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