As a three-dimensional experiment US designer Joel Wolter has created a series of typefaces that can double as home furniture.
It’s a simple idea cleverly executed in the form of letters rendered and built with a mild carbon steel and a mig welder. Each letter was constructed to standard furniture size and eventually exhibited as functional furniture to use around the home.
Admittedly, some letters like ‘h’ and ‘n’ work beautifully as a functional chair or side table while others play a role that is more akin to a sculpture, for example ‘w’ and ‘p’. The overall effect though is interesting and engaging and opens up further development of the experiment by using other contrasting materials – like wood – to fill the gaps, give the pieces more function, but still retain their main focus as letters.
Wolter’s project featured in AIGA 365 year in review book and New York exhibition, Print Magazine & Dwell Magazine.