El Ultimo Grito’s Composite bench system for UNO was nominated for the Brit Insurance Furniture Award 2009
â€œIt is very hard to come up with a new typology in furniture and more often than not the result remains very strongly in the realm of a suggestion to rethink existing options, but rarely does a new configuration present itself as a useful addition to the family of furniture. The composite bench/sofa does so by merging the bench height table structure with elements of upholstery.”
London based Design Studio El Ultimo Grito (EUG) presented a number of pieces at the recent DMY berlin, in germany. Their custom lounger for Bombay Sapphire is made from patch-worked material assembled into a long snake like-seating piece.
El Ultimo Grito has deconstructed the sofa and reconfigured its essential elements to create an abstract bench system called â€œCompositeâ€. The dismembered cushions of the old sofa are arranged on a low, white table, and their boulder-like shapes are reinforced by metal frames. â€œIt resembles a kind of japanese garden, where the rocks are substituted by structural cushions,â€ says Roberto Feo, co-founder of the London-based Spanish design duo. â€œBy working with the idea of using a sofa in different parts, we ended up with a table for a base and cushions which are positioned in a way that opens up surfaces for other use, like placing books or everyday objects.â€ â€œCompositeâ€ is the first item from a collection El Ultimo Grito is developing for Spanish furniture company Sofactual. â€œWe wanted to build up a new line to open up the market to more conceptual design,â€ says Feo. These images are prototypes of Composite; the final piece will be launched at the Milan Furniture Fair.
El Ultimo Grito created an impressive installation at Madridâ€™s ARCO that just wrapped up. The team created huge bags of 2 x 3 metres in the shape of letters and filled them with discarded packaging materials the day before the show opened. With the letters, that were also used as casual public seating during the fair, El Ultimo Grito formed words that made up part of a â€œpoemâ€ pertaining to waste and re-use. A video by Zaunka was made of the performance, an apt pause for reflection during the hectic activity of a typical design show. Poem after the jump.