Design explores form in a state of becoming, in furniture and objects with indefinite, mutable identity. Transgenic projects glimpsed in their evolutionary progress. Mutant furnishings for multiple functions, surprising movements, unusual groupings, optical illusions. An infographic narrative shows their transformations, tensions, balances, forces at play.

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Mutant inclination. Ivy Shelves by Thomas Bernstrand for Swedese is shelving to build at the desired height, in the desired form. The modules in ash or pine, with black or white finish, can be stacked regularly or inclined in a state of apparent instability. 2. Mutant line. Résille by Philippe Nigro for Ligne Roset, an indoor/outdoor chair with structure in bent steel tubing, foam filler and fabric cover (technical fabric for the outdoor version). The graphic game of the back creates the illusion of two intersecting chairs. 1. Mutant equilibrium. Overdose Storage by Bram Boo for Bulo, a bookcase-cabinet with oak veneer, composed of a grouping of different modules in harmonious disorder. 2. Mutant perspective. Seeming like the result of the movements of the earth’s crust, Tron, the chair-sculpture by Dror Benshetrit for Cappellini, evokes different intersections of volumes on every side; made with a 100% recyclable polymeric material, with the rotomoulding technique. 3. Mutant comfort. Airport by Damjan Ursic for Futura, thirteen versatile element for different combinations: seats transform into backs, backs into seats, taking on multiple forms in a range of positions. Photo 2 1. Mutant composition. Fluzion shelves designed and produced by Claude Velasti, in metal painted with RAL colors or custom tones. The single module can be organized in different groupings. 2. Mutant silhouette. Sitting on the ghost of design, the table designed by Fos for Furnism; structure in teak, top in MDF with shaped sectors to create an irregular multicolored patchwork by grouping multiple tables. 3. Mutant hybrid. Plaid Bench by Raw Edges for Dilmos, composed of three modules that differ in terms of size, type of wood and finish; when intersected they produce different plaid patterns. The images show the installation of the prototype at the London Design Festival 2010. 1. Mutant function. Tric by Sakura Adachi for Campeggi is a bookcase that transforms into a console table with two chairs, made in plywood with polyurethane lacquer finish, in two colors. 2. Mutant stance. Stolica D by Kako-Ko Design Studio for Eurocankom, chair with solid wood legs, seat and back made with a single piece of cut, folded felt. 3. Mutant order. In-canto by Marco Ferreri for Adele C., a column-bookcase that extends thanks to maximum rotation of 180 degrees that transforms the corner unit into a wall bookcase or freestanding shelving at the room’s center. Structure in plywood with natural birch veneer, central piece in sheet metal with cobalt blue powder coating. Photo 3 Mutant origami. Grand Central folding table designed by Sanna Lindström and Sigrid Strömgren; the MDF top is made with 22 sheets, connected by textile hinges to open outward. Prototype. 2. Mutant color. Flamboyant by Alessandro Dubini for Skitsch, table with metal structure and three glass tops of different colors that open up and overlap to create new colors. 3. Mutant geometry. Scaccomatto by Isabelle Rigal for Naos, extensible table with painted wooden base, top composed of four square glass parts; thanks to synchronized movement, the four elements shift to form a sort of checkerboard. 1. Mutant graphics: Darwin Chair by Stefan Sagmeister for Droog – developed by Grenswerk – with rocking structure covered with 200 sheets of paper with different graphics that illustrate the phases of evolution of the universe. ‘Leafing through’ the chair it is possible to change its image and shape the headrest. 2. Mutant volume. Munken Cube designed by Juno and produced by e15 and Arctic Paper, stool-table composed of 2200 sheets of paper stacked on an oak base and glued on one side, making it possible to rotate and shape the ream of paper. Photo 4 1. Mutant extension. Sofa_xxxx by Yuya Ushida, limited edition for Tools Gallery. Chair that converts into a divan by means of a simple accordion movement, made by hand with over 8000 bamboo pieces connected by metal joints. Also extensible in height and depth, it reaches a maximum length of 182 cm. 2. Mutant lightness. Airvase by Torafu Architects for Virage, decorative paper vase, freely shaped starting with a two-tone disk, also with op decoration. 1. Mutant sign. Rek Bookcase designed and produced by Reinier de Jong Design with Bom Interieurs. The bookcase grows together with the collection of books. Made in laminate with a zigzag structure that slides to create variations of the design of the shelves. Maximum length 222 cm. 2. Mutant nature. Transformer, designed by Martin Saemmer, one-off by Nextlevel Galerie, lacquered wooden cabinet with a monolithic appearance, that breaks down into 8 different interconnected modules and offers the possibility of variation of the configuration of niches, drawers and shelves, with maximum size of 280 cm per side. 3. Mutant module. T45 by Henk Voss for Linteloo, component system formed by five sculptural MDF modules that can be used as seats and tables, or stacked to make a divider.