Escher, Tetris, tessellation and fractals all come to mind with this colorful set of angled seating elements. Though their shapes may appear unruly at first, any awkward first impression is quickly dissipated once you see the elements deployed.
Developed by Alexander Lotersztain, the one catch (or at least counter-intuitive element) of this Prisma set may be the fact that each color does not necessarily denote a single shape, as it would in classic puzzle-piece games, so you may have to work a little harder to see how the pieces fit together.
But once you get past that hurdle, you will find there are all kinds of formations possible, from back-to-back individual seats to stretched-out sofas with attached side tables, divided (or not) with backs and sides.
The constituent pieces are themselves straight-forward: medium-density fiberboard with either fabric or leather finishes, the former available in bright and distinctive colors, or simply unfinished altogether. There are 27 total pieces in the collection representing a variety of sizes, shapes and colors, so as you can calculate yourself, you could come up with hundreds of different variations. Get creative!
A description of the Prisma project via Derlot Editions, Lotersztain’s company:
“Prisma is designed to form an array of combinations suitable for even the most diverse environments. It delivers a striking, all-encompassing solution for today’s modern office or educational environment. A compact size makes the system genuinely versatile and adaptable for use in both small and open spaces.”
More about the designer:
“Alexander Lotersztain is an Argentinian-born Australian designer and founder of the highly awarded multi-disciplinary design studio Derlot. A unique combination of creativity and business savvy has seen this Brisbane-based practitioner establish a sizeable impression on the design community locally and worldwide.”
“Derlot Editions is defined by a competitive focus on balancing versatility and functionality with an aesthetic that is unashamedly bold. Originating within a multi-disciplinary design studio, we pride ourselves on leveraging design and the expertise of local makers to create original solutions.”