Very aptly named, the new solo exhibition “CRUSH” from design avant-gardes Fredrikson Stallard during London Design Week 2012 certainly promises not to leave you indifferent. The Central St Martins graduates in, respectively, industrial design and ceramics, Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard, who formed their studio in 2003, have become known for their innovative approach towards fusing work done by the hand and the computer, and this showcase perfectly illustrates this synthesis. Coming to David Gill's new gallery space in London's St James's, it will feature a series of low glass unit tables and metal chaises centered on recreating the sensuous form of a crumpled metal sheet.
Using a water polished stainless steel and aluminum sheet, which they have formed by hand, and enclosing it in a glass box, the designers fuse industrial with sensuous forms. Their glass unit tables produced with a variety of crumpled metal sheets in black, gold, and silver and the suede-upholstered metal chaise, also create a playful, deeper dimension by the metal’s tantalizing reflections of surrounding space. Also on show will be a teal version of their iconic piece, the Pyrenees sofa created from Polyurethane Foam, which was acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2011.
Bringing innovative, mold-breaking design that reflects the new parameters of the digital age, Fredrikson and Stallard certainly make a must-see stop in this year’s design festival.