We’ve seen no shortage of projects using layers of glass to simulate bodies of water the last few days. First we had glass sculptures by Ben Young, followed by several amazing river and lake tables Greg Klassen. Now we have designer Christopher Duff of Duffy London who has released concept images of the Abyss Table, a carefully layered table made from sculpted Perspex and wood that creates a geographic cross-section of the ocean. The tables will be limited to a series of 25 and are available for purchase here.
It should be noted that these are digital renderings of what the final piece should look like, it will be great to see photos of the actual tables once they are built. You can see a few more renderings on their Facebook page. (via designboom)
Furniture maker Greg Klassen builds intricately designed tables and other objects embedded with glass rivers and lakes. Inspired by his surroundings in the Pacific Northwest, Klassen works with edge pieces from discarded trees (often acquired from construction sites, or from dying trees that have begun to rot) which he aligns to mimic the jagged shores of various bodies of water. The pieces are completed with the addition of hand-cut glass pieces that appear to meander through the middle of each table. You can see much more of work here, and several tables are available through his shop.
Currently on view on the roof of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Wisconsin, ‘Picnic‘ is a new functional sculpture by arist Michael Beitz (previously here and here). The roller coaster meets picnic table is made out of plywood and took the artist nearly a year to build using a special jig the artist says was reminiscent of a medieval torture device. Beitz is known for transforming pieces of wood furniture like sofas, chairs, and tables into twisting and undulating sculptures, many more of which you can see on his website. All photos courtesy Michael Beitz.
Created by designer Benjamin Graindorge, FallenTree is a minimalist bench made from little more than a slab of glass and a carefully carved oak tree. Graindorge chose to leave the orignal branches from the tree intact as support on one end of the bench as reminder of the wood’s living origins. The piece is on display this week at Design Miami in Basel, Switzerland through YMER&MALTA gallery. (via my modern met)
Artist Ai Weiwei has unveiled a number of significant artworks in the last few weeks. The artist released a music video and created a large-scale diorama depicting scenes from his controversial imprisonment, and also created a sobering installation comprised of 150 tons of straightened rebar taken from schools that collapsed during the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
Lastly at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale Weiwei contributed an installation consisting of 886 wooden antique stools called Bang. For centuries in Chinese culture it was common for families to have at least one of these handcrafted 3-leg stools for use in the home that was often passed down through generations. As the country has developed at lightning speed the stools have quickly been replaced by plastic and metal alternatives. Weiwei salvaged hundreds of these stools and used them to build this sprawling and nearly organic installation in the German Pavilion. You can learn more over on designboom. Photos by Roman Mensing. (via ignant)
Unveiled earlier this month at Salon Satellite at Milan Design Week 2013, Canvas is a set of two-dimensional, lightweight furniture pieces made of wood, aluminum and stretched elastic canvas that can be hung flat on a wall. The surface of each piece is printed with images of the furniture it represents, and once removed can be propped against a wall and used as actual seating. Canvas was designed by spatial designer Naoki Ono, founder of Tokyo-based YOY design studio. While the chairs might not be ideal for long periods of time, they really are ideal for cramped spaces requiring temporary seating. (via hyperallergic)
Don’t adjust your web browser, this isn’t a corrupted photograph of a fine piece of Italian furniture (although it may unfortunately be a digital rending, read below). In actuality this cabinet was created by architect Ferruccio Laviani to look just as you see it, like a wavy digital glitch. Titled the Good Vibrations Storage Unit the piece will first appear at Italy’s annual interior show Fratelli Boffi. I’d love to see it from a few different angles, but incredible nonetheless. (via mocoloco)
Update: There has been a healthy amount of skepticism whether or not this is the real deal or a 3D rendering. Having not stood in front of the piece myself I guess we can only defer to the design firm and hope more images of the piece are released soon. One person wrote in to point out that there may be evidence in the photo itself of a repeating pattern which would be the telltale mark of a digitally rendered image. More if I find out.
Update: According to Studio Laviani the image is a rendering, however a final piece of furniture is supposed to be on display in April, so stay tuned.