Dutch designer Richard Hutten tells us about how the design for his acoustic panel Stripes came about.
One of my mottos is that I do not solve problems, I create possibilities, and that was the starting point for this acoustic panel. After seeing the other panels in Offecct’s collection, it was clear to me that the problem of sound absorbing was already solved. Instead I turned towards creating new possibilities for the user. I designed Stripes which enables the user to create various patterns depending on how the panels are mounted on the wall. For example, if you put all panels in the same direction, they will create a diagonal pattern. But if you put half of the panels, pointing in the other direction, you will get an arrow. Or if you change them all 90 degrees, you will get squares and so on, there are heaps of possibilities.
After your acoustic panel followed a stand to put them on…
This stand is a suporter for Offecct’s acoustic panels. The panels in Offecct’s collection already have a strong design, so i didn’t want to make something that was competing with that. Instead i tried to design something that was almost invisible, the stand truly became ”no sign of design”, another motto I have.
How did your relationship with Offecct start?
I met Kurt Tingdal ceo and Anders Englund design manager of Offecct, ages ago, it must have been in the nineties. I really like to work with Swedish companies, I think they have a similar mentality to Holland, and certainly a high quality of design. I go for the best when I design and I need clients who do the same, because I can never beat my client. If i make a good design for a low quality company, the result will be low quality no matter how good the design is. So the standards has to be high.
What are you working on now with Offecct?
We are working on something new together and I am really excited about it. This is a furniture based around circles, which happens to be my favorite geometrical shape. According to me, a circle is the most elegant shape of all, there are no bulky sides and it can go in all directions.