The Atlas modular seating system takes inspiration from the captivating interplay of light and shadow within Copenhagen's iconic Grundtvig Church. Designed by Kasper Kyster, this innovative seating solution aims to create a sense of connection among people, providing a versatile and visually striking addition to any space.
The Atlas system consists of two primary elements: a pillar with tracks on top, supporting the second element, a beam with corresponding negative tracks underneath. This design allows the beams to slide effortlessly around the cylindrical pillar, enabling seamless customization and adaptability. By adding extra pillars and beams, the bench can be extended indefinitely, catering to various gatherings and environments.
The visionary designer behind Atlas, Kyster embraces the unknown, driven by a desire to test his intuition and experiment with materials and principles. His focus is on the creative process itself, valuing the unique and spontaneous over the concept of perfection.
Uncompromising in his approach to design, Kyster merges topics such as statics, tectonics, form, and function into singular concepts that ultimately manifest as furniture or objects. This focused approach results in spontaneous and intuitive creations, infused with a sense of authenticity.
Craftsmanship and material exploration are held in high regard by Kyster, who investigates how traditional techniques can be reimagined to produce new aesthetics, while embracing modern technology to redefine the impact of crafts on design. His critical approach drives him to challenge and reevaluate past experiences, forging a connection to contemporary contexts.
Kyster's practice is diverse, encompassing prototype development, idea experimentation, exhibition design, one-off objects for exhibitions, and his own production. Additionally, he co-founded Ukurant, an exhibition platform and community for young designers, where he curates and manages projects.