Coil is a modular cabinet system, designed and made by Bram Kerkhofs (°1977, Belgium), in which the 'shell' forms completely around the structure as a semi-transparent curtain from a vertical and parallel woven elastic rope.
It forms the middle between a classic open rack and a display cabinet and can be used from all sides. Coil redefines the cupboard as an object in its use. To put something in or to take something out, the elastic strains have to be pushed aside.
Coil is a good example to clarify my dealings with materials and their properties. In order to be able to attach the elastic rope, the rope must be stretched so that the rope becomes thinner. The upper and lower shelf of the cabinet are provided at the edge with a specific cut-out curve that allows the stretched elastic to be inserted, after which it relaxes nicely in the recessed opening.
Due to its modular construction Coil can vary in height by 40 cm each, starting from legs with 20 cm length. The inner shelves are a bit smaller. This keeps them in a distance from the 'shell'.
Coil has a fixed rectangular format of 40 x 80 cm (W x H). Coil is the answer to new ideas and new evolutions into living. Its acoustic qualities, its possible to be used from all sides, its modular construction and its modularity in combinations to create functional space-dividers, its storage and display qualities and its semi-transparency are only a summary of its strengths.
Materials: stainless steel, aluminium, polyethene, and natural rubber.
In 2018 Coil has been honored the Grand Award Objects at Interieur Kortrijk.