Mannerism, Maniérisme, Maniera
Maniera's goal is to bring artists and architects ideas into the realm of functional furniture design. The artists have free reign throughout the whole process. This collaborative process allows the pieces they create to be innovative and interesting, while retaining the purpose of the pieces. "We want the designers to be as free as possible" said Jacobs. In working so closely with the artists, Jacobs and and Lavigne see first hand the mental process of the artists with whom they work. They can clearly see the difference between how architects and artists react when given the task of designing furniture. Even within one collection, the inspirations can be completely different. Maniera's collaboration with OFFICE Kersten Geers and David Van Severen has inspirations from very precise, mathematical ideas and engineering for their three tables. However, their chair had a strong inspiration from a stool that folds into a walking stick. Or Anne Holtrop's shelves that look they're made of various minerals. "Holtrop always starts off his architecture with a concept that has nothing to do with architecture." Each collection has such a different influence and motivation. The only common thread in the collections is the organic process in which the pieces were created.