When faced with material shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dutch designer Tim Teven didn't see a dead end, on the opposite - he created the Tubular Series.
Instead, he saw an opportunity for resourceful creativity. It was under these challenging circumstances that Teven embarked on the development of the collection of furniture sculpted entirely from identical steel tubes found in his Eindhoven studio. This wasn't just a workaround; it was an artistic exploration, turning limitations into the seedbed of innovation.
Born in 1993 and a graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven, Tim Teven has a design approach that is material and technically driven. He focuses on using the production process as a tool for design, a method that has become a significant feature in shaping the final outcome and function of his works. The Tubular Series serves as a prime example of how Teven’s experimental methods and hands-on way of working can produce functional yet intriguing objects.
For the Tubular Series, Teven used a series of mechanical actions such as pressing, bending, and shaping to develop a system that fully exploits the material. With a focus on material efficiency and mechanical processes, the designer was able to craft a collection based exclusively on this innovative procedure. This also allowed him to launch a new collection of furniture pieces that maintain a uniform yet minimalistic aesthetic.