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2011-03-12 // // Technology // Appropriation - IKEA Bekvam Typeface

From object to typeface

Reshape an IKEA stool following the aesthetic language and functional choices of a favourite designer, I choose to appropriate the work of Stephan Sagmeister. Who makes his statements by using objects to create text. Inspired by his work I created the first 2 typefaces. Despite working with a given form a range of diversity came out. It was a challenge to get the 26 characters out and still showing the original object, the Bekväm.

Also appropriating my fellow students, I created a typeface with shadows and mirrors. Working with the reverberation of the stool I faced more boundaries. It was searching for new forms in the Bekväm. The work has formed a set of fonts with all there own character and radiation and still is recognisable as the Bekväm.

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