Contour Blinds. Designed by Helena Karelson.
As designers or design students, you likely remember building topographical models composed of a series of section cuts (laser-cut in recent years, but hand-cut back in the day...). Karelson has used each of these section-cuts to create the individual slats that make up the window blinds. In their horizontal position - the slats compose the topographical model, filtering light through the irregular gaps to project "a rich tapestry of sunbeams into the interior space." In the vertical position, light from behind the window frames the blinds perfectly in a subtle, warm glow.
"The series was born of the fascination with light and the relationship between form and shadow." The designer explains. Karelson designed each of the Contour Blinds to leave minimum waste post-production. First edition 'Contour' blind premiered at this year's D&AD New Blood exhibition, where it won the prestigious Best New Blood award. The Estonian designer also received an award from the sustainably-focused natural resource supplier Coillte for Best Use of Materials.