Architect David Chipperfield has designed a series of bronze, steel and glass bookshelves and cabinets for his very first gallery collaboration with David Gill.
On show at the David Gill Gallery in London’s Mayfair, the pieces have aspects that reference the architecture of Ancient Greece. They also give the assortment its name, Ionic – one of the three orders of Classical Architecture, along with Doric and Corinthian.
The blackened steel shelves of the cabinets and bookcases rest on a bronze framework that makes use of slender supporting poles.
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The cylindrical rods are fluted to signify the Ionic columns, and are capped with flat sections on either finish so they can be fixed to the horizontal sections of the frame.
The cabinets have sliding doors produced of strengthened rippled glass – with both transparent and opaque versions on show – which is repeated in the sides and back of the bookshelves.
Chipperfield – who not too long ago unveiled strategies for the renovation of the Royal Academy of Artwork – told Dezeen the exhibition was a chance to produce furniture that was totally free from the normal restrictions dictated by the marketplace.
“With David Gill, we had been able to operate outdoors the typical industrial furnishings technique – it was strange and nevertheless quite fascinating,” he explained. “I even now desired to make a utilitarian object but did not see utility as its primary concern – or the economic climate of indicates.”
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“I didn’t have to worry about how it was manufactured, just to make anything beautiful out of lovely supplies this kind of as casting and bronze, things that typically lie beyond the choices of the industrial method and invest the object with a robust physical presence,” he additional.
The architect has developed numerous other furniture pieces this 12 months, including a table, bench and stool from wooden planks for German furnishings brand e15.
David Gill – who established his central London gallery in 1987 – is no stranger to collaborations with architects, possessing previously shown Zaha Hadid’s Liquid Glacial furnishings assortment.
Perform from Fredrikson Stallard and Mattia Bonetti has also been proven at the gallery. The Ionic exhibition is on display right up until 3 October 2015.
Glass has been a common choice for furniture this year, with types by Patricia Urquiola, Tokujin Yoshioka and Nendo all uncovered during Milan design week in April.