Fredrikson Stallard’s obsessive studies and investigations of the analogue and the digital, the hand formed vs. the machine made are also very much present in the Crush exhibition. The elegant Aviary chair is derived from the hand-formed modelling of miniature aluminium sheets, what they call the analogue stage. These are then transformed, modelled and manipulated digitally using 3D scanning and modelling techniques before being taken back to the original analogue stage by hand crafting the final shape. The Aviary chair, with over 2500 weld joints, all created by hand, emphasise its network of curves to create a semi-transparent confection of black-painted steel rods. ‘It is important to us that we are always true to the nature of materials and that the forms seem effortless in their construction, even though they are rigidly controlled by our hand and eye,’ they say of the rippling shape.
D95 x W100 x H88cm (D37 x W39 x H35in)
8 + 2 Artist Proof + 2 Prototype, David Gill Gallery