Discipline: product design

Dutch Designer Robert van Embricqs graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam (direction architecture) on the strengths of his Rising Chair and Shift & Merge Pavilion design.
Post-graduation, he focused his attention on finding new ways to adapt the techniques he developed during the chair's design for different projects in smaller and bigger scale. In his research, Van Embricqs became fascinated by the aesthetically pleasing, yet intricate complexity of the natural form. Finding inspiration for his designs in bone structure, plant life and movement, one question remained ever present: 'To what degree is the object you're creating capable of dictating its own design?' This led him to develop a minimalistic design approach that can best be described as a collaboration between designer and his material.
His design approach gave him several awards for its Rising Chair including the Red Dot Design Award for Best Concept and Woodchallenge in the Netherlands, both Audience & Jury price. The Rising Chair became part of the National Centre of Visual Art in France and the Rising Table has been awarded with the Fubiz award 3th prize.

Rising Chair (1)*

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It is very easy to gather a huge collection of different chairs, throughout the years there has been a staggering abundance of them, in all shapes and sizes. But what fascinated Robert during his research was a simple question: to what degree is the object you're creating capable of dictating its own design? Is it even possible for an object to 'tell' for which form its best suited? Following this train of thought led him to discover several interesting options to create a new kind of chair.
The foundation of any chair is the flat surface you will eventually sit down on. Using this notion as a starting point, he made several cuts in the flat surface and pulled up the different beam-like strands of cut surface. This created the preliminary but already distinct features of any chair: back, seat and legs. The rhythm of the wooden beams gives the chair an organic shape. The cuts are most visible when the chair is still down. But at that stage of the construction, he still did not know what shape the chair would take in the end. This was determined by the various arches of the wooden beams the chair is made of. Folding the chair into its definitive form, as a creator, he felt a special connection to the material he was working with. The solution was to turn every odd-numbered beam in the exact opposite direction of its neighbour for the final shape.

Material: bamboo caramel
Signed edition
Dimension: L 116.0 x B 93.0 x H 67.0 CM
Price: € 2700,- a piece

Rising Table (2)*

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The Rising Table concept is part of the Rising furniture formula which means that once again, the origins of this design can be traced back to the rather simple idea of starting with a flat surface that is capable of transforming into a piece of stylishly designed furniture. In designing the Rising Table, he felt it was of paramount importance that the source materials both dictated and guided the ultimate design, while ensuring practical appliance and usability. The incision pattern in the flat surface of the wood that resulted into the creation of a latticework of 'woven' wooden beams that make up the centre of the table.

Material: bamboo- plain pressed caramel
Signed edition
Dimensions: L 114.0 x B 114.0 x H 30.0 CM
Price: € 2900,- a piece

Rising Side Table (3)*


The newest addition to the Rising Furniture line is the Rising Side Table, an accessory that adds a surprising new twist to the familiar theme.

The Rising Side Table design combines elegance and functionality. The table top is carved from a single piece of wood, thereby increasing the table's practical uses considerably. Yet, the design never loses its playful accents: thanks to clever construction choices that create the illusion of a 'levitating table top'. Another defining aspect of the Rising Side Table is the fluid way the wooden beams come together to holds up the table top. Usually, wood is known for its straight, rigidness forms. Yet, by slightly twisting every single beam around its axis, the Rising Side Table forms to create a sturdy latticework that appears to be in a perpetual wave like motion.

Material: bamboo- plain pressed caramel
Signed edition
Dimensions: L 46.2 x B 47.5 x H 51.5 CM
Price: € 1800,- a piece