Brooklyn furniture brand UM Project has used plastic tube armor, knitted fabrics and cast concrete to make a collection of fantastical storage cabinets that seem to come from another world.
The Ultraframe collection includes six storage units of different shapes and sizes: an armoire, a chest of drawers, a console, a bookshelf. Rigorous and geometric frames are completed by soft or rounded covers, shells or inserts. Many of the pieces pair industrial materials with knitted textiles by Dutch brand Febrik. The result is both familiar and otherworldly, yielding a family of pieces that are part furniture, part vessel.
The maple body of Piece A, a chest, is wrapped with folded and layered tubes of blue fabric. It is topped with a motorized head that lifts up, which is made of lacquered aluminum to match a lacquered MDF door. Similarly, the aluminum frame of bookshelf Piece C is covered in phenolic tubes – a type of laminated plastic.
A cast-concrete shell with rounded edges sits within a lacquered white MDF frame on tubular legs to form Piece B. The mirrored stainless-steel door on the front of the pod has a circular opening for the handle.
Piece D is a chest of drawers made from black cork, while Piece E is made up of intersected layers of aluminum that can be covered in a fabric fitted slipcover.
Lastly, Piece F is fronted by fins of Corian. Unlike the others, it has a horizontal shape with a black aluminum and wood drawer.