The investigation of landscape, nature and ecology in contemporary art has its roots, in part, in the legacy of Romanticism and the search for man's place within the world.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Antonio Pio Saracino - Chairs

New York based architect and designer Antonio Pio Saracino will be exhibiting his works at the Industry Gallery 1358 Florida Avenue, Washington DC from September 11 onwards till October. The highlight of the solo exhibition is no doubt the sculputuristic two large-scale models of triumphal arches which represent Italian immigration to North and South America. Saracino is not new experimentation and majority of his works stems from nature. This its no surprise that in the past has also worked wonders with materials like wood, metal, carbon fiber and synthetics which give an illusion of molecules, leaves, blossoms, and natural crystal formations.

The Molecular Chair is an exploration of the structural components found in the natural world and the ways in which they can find expression in design. Each chair imagines the scale of matter within a traditional baroque chair, using the same microscopic structure but in human scale. The chairs are composed with a wire-frame mesh and differently sized felt balls or “molecules” are woven together to create a comfortable chair. The felt represents a natural, low-tech, and eco-friendly material.

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