If we’re honest, for us Breathe by Helen Kontouris is a bit like US government’s collection of crashed UFOs
Just in great secrecy.
Were not sure if the Australian Secret Service is behind the project… but information obviously should not be made public.
Even the alleged producer do not mention it on their website; and that despite the fact Breath was supposed to be launched at Milan in 2009.
We can’t confirm if it actually was.
After a couple of failed starts as an interior designer, Helen Kontouris switched to Industrial Design in 2002 with the establishment of her Melbourne based agency Helen Kontouris Design. Since then Kontouris has worked with companies as varied as WMF, Coffex and Sunweave and won numerous awards – including the 2009 IDEA “Product of the Year” award for the Breathe Collection.
It goes without saying however that no text exists from the IDEA Awards.
And that despite the fact that Helen Kontouris also won the “Designer of the Year Award”
What we do know about the Breathe collection is that it is composed of a sofa an armchair and quite possibly a table.
That it is constructed from hand-woven polyethylene strips fixed to an aluminium frame – and that it is top secret.
We’re not at all convinced by Breathe. Not at all. We can well imagine what others find attractive and innovative, but for us it just looks tired and forced.
Or put another way we cannot follow the process that lead to the creation of the collection.
The “mission statement” of Helen Kontouris Design includes the sentence: “We believe ecology in design today, rests on the role of the designer as cultural architect, creating products with clear purpose, intelligent material appropriateness & function that arrest you with their beauty & promote a movement ‘against throwawayism’.
And we simply don’t see that in Breathe.
All of which probably means that it has good chances of winning the Brit Insurance Design Award.
Assuming any one dares submit any information to the judges.
Breathe Furniture by Helen Kontouris
Chances of winning the 2010 Brit Insurance Design Award: good to middling