Usually we look at cabinets and a place to hide all our junk, definitely not something that looks like a piece of art. Artist, designer, and activist Sebastian Errazuriz has crafted many functional sculptures. He uses old fashioned woodworking techniques to create what he calls “functional sculptures.” Errazuriz’s pieces will leave you dumbfounded, questioning yourself…..How did he make that? or more importantly, How am I supposed to use it?
He had made furniture called the ‘Magistral Chest’, ‘The Space Between the Void,’ ‘the Samurai Chest’ and ‘the Explosion’. Now he’s back with ‘The Wave.’ His pieces of cabinetry provide storage, and they’re also sculptures although we think there’s isn’t too much room for functionality.
The furniture is no work of high-tech design. His work is amazingly modern but made with old techniques. The Wave Cabinet utilized precisely cut and joined birch pieces to create a functional transforming piece of furniture that unfolds in a remarkable way, individual slats move and pull the next slat with it, much like a paper fan. The cabinet can be completely closed up or open in many ways. “Explosion” expands into a unique sculptural design, but collapses again into a small box. Surely, it’s furniture that will boggle your mind.
“I am inviting people to look at one of the simplest forms of furniture design and to forget that we’re talking about furniture, instead to see it as a way of breaking a box,” Errazuriz wrote on his website. “I love the idea of creating beautiful furniture; nevertheless I am much more interested in using the medium as an excuse to trigger people’s curiosity and create a connection with them.”
Another, called Samurai, is made up of 400 slats that are each very precisely counterweighted. If you push down on the short end of the slat, it will spring open to reveal the interior of the cabinet.
Amazing stuff that doesn’t come cheap. The Wave will blow a $72,000 hole in your pocket. So, if you’re not of royal heritage, stick to your IKEA furniture. The Wave is available through Cristina Grajales Gallery and Salon94.