Contemporary console tables are always an exhibition at Carpenters Workshop Gallery that produces and exhibits functional sculptures by international rising and already established artists and designers going outside their traditional territories of expression.
LATHE CONSOLE SMALL, 2013
“Truly new and useful products and ideas unite the future, present and past.”
– Sebastian Brajkovic
The theory is present in furniture designer‘s own sculptural works: he distorts and exaggerates familiar chairs until they become almost blurry and he calls them “Lathe chairs,” after their appearance of having been spun into unrecognizability. Trained as a cabinet maker, Brajkovic draws on his familiarity with woodworking tools to magnify their effects. His pieces, nightmarish, distorted, and undeniably contemporary, pay homage to their inspiration, which is always just detectable.
CUT_PASTE #3, 2015
Robert Stadler’s “Airspace” follows the same idea of occupying the three-dimensional space of the art gallery, doing so in two stages: “cut_paste” and “PdT”, a reflection on the art of building, a story of humanity, a relationship with time and the work itself.
“Good architecture, in all eras and for all peoples, including and especially in ancient times, depends for the most part, on structure, showing it and making it visible.”
– Eugène Viollet-le-Duc
The designer makes this choice and provides us with his interpretation of the architectural gesture confronted with the past and the present, a demonstration that he develops on the scale of the object.
CRASH CABINET 2, 2017
ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT
“I shaped it with heavy and difficult to handle machines. I made a simple rectangle cabinet structure. Then with hydraulic presses, I deformed and broke it with tremendous power, fixed it, and then I started breaking it again until the moment when I was satisfied with the shape. The crash cabinet is the product of the process. They can never be the same.”
– Joep Van Lieshout
VDC 14_04, 2014
VINCENZO DE COTIIS
En Plein Air – French for ‘outdoors’ – relates to the movement in art history when artists, at the end of the 19th century, left their studio to paint outdoors. The collection, therefore, refers to both painting history and nature, in a subtle and sophisticated creative mix.
Featuring 20 furniture-sculptures handmade by Italian artisans, the collection of seating, lighting, tables, cabinets and bookshelves is an aesthetical ‘tour de force’ combining semiprecious stones, Murano glass, recycled resin and cast brass. Each piece shows special care for detail and opulence.
TREE 6B, 2011
“When birch tree forests are pruned or agricultural cultivations of fruit trees are picked, they are dispersed or burned. I have always been fascinated by these parts of nature, that continue to give off a grand expressive force, more powerful when they are combined with modern, perfect and industrial materials. They become mysterious, always diverse, unique, unrepeatable and somewhat sacred presences. Trees, trunks and branches are part of our ancient culture but also of actual culture, because in the age of globalization, design searches to trace recognizable ‘anthropological’ platforms.
The collection, ‘Trees’ consists to place simple, everyday objects, books, and images next to the strange presence of branches and trunks, like in the reality of the world.”
– Andrea Branzi
The art gallery is actively involved in the research and production of the limited edition works exhibited. The choices are guided by the research of an emotional, artistic and historical relevance. Go there and see these beautiful contemporary console tables!