With a degree from the Design Academy Eindhoven, tutelage by Tom
Dixon, a collaboration with Hermés and commissions for Cubique Fair
and Vienna Design week this year under his belt, Canadian designer
Malouin's is set to go very far indeed.
In his third serious display of works at NextLevel
Galerie he reveals new designs from his
among other projects. An industrial designer in the truest sense of
the word, Malouin's latest expansion of Gridlock has taken
furniture back to the most basic and necessary components of
construction: concrete and metal.
Shelves, lights and a desk take form in a world that is
seemingly free from physics - the weighted concrete floats above
the delicate lattice; the lattice traces the edge of something more
solid but is in fact hollow.
Following in the footsteps of works by other
concrete connoisseurs - think Arad's
Amanda Levete's Drift
Concrete, the pieces seem to evoke
Brutalism at its best (or worst depending on your line of thought).
Gridlock is where furniture meets architecture, reminding one that
every object, no matter how simple or complex, shares the same
principals of structure and design.
And while Malouin's pieces seem to have been built in
situ, Gridlock is entirely assembled by hand, solidifying the young
Québécois' belief in the durability and adaptability of an object.
The thoroughness of thought Malouin has placed in to his products
cover ever base, from assembly to purpose.
Other works displayed include the
again showing the designer's esteem for geometry and the simplest
of building elements, and large scale installation
Time Elapsed, a
collaboration with J. and L. Lobmeyer glass-makers revealed during
Vienna Design Week in September this year.
NEW WORKS: GRIDLOCK 2
Until 24 January 2012, NextLevel Galerie,