Mayla is one of three products from the » functional pattern series in which I questioned the relationship of patterns and products. While patterns are most of the time used to decorate an object at the very last step of creation, I inversed the relation: I created patterns and analyzed their possible applications and functions. After this exploration, I started to design an object around the function.
For Mayla I designed a pattern that, once lasered into wood, changes the material from solid into flexible and creates a game of visibility. The pattern is than adapted to the use of sliding screens. The flexibility makes it possible to create curved rails on which the wooden sliding screens can be moved in order to create spaces for arranging, showing and hiding objects inside the furniture.