Museo is both the container and the content. It is an exercise in visualizing creative process by which Sancal shows how closely related art and design are conceptually. In a video presentation designer and director Andrés Reisinger guides the viewer through a tortuous landscape, an imaginary and surreal desert, to the doors of a classic and archetypal building: the museum. The refined architecture comes to life as he enters. A selection of new designs and illustrations are exhibited like great works of art. The simple exhibition halls and its soft lighting give prominence to the new furniture models, with volumes shaped by circles of light that reveal rich textures and colors.
ROLL chair by MUT is the singular design that the Valencian studio introduced on their “A la Fresca” exhibition during the latest Das Haus. Avoiding superfluous ornaments and details, the conventional shape of a chair is reduced to only two pure elements: steel tubes and two cylindrical pads for back and seat. Its unusual silhouette turns an industrial object into a work of art, extenuated still further if stacked to form a sculptural figure. The short list of used materials does not limit the possibilities for customization, as cushions can be upholstered in any of Sancal’s fabrics and the metal structure is available in 12 different lacquers colors.
TOTEM is a sophisticated bar stool and the first collaboration between Sylvain Willenz and Sancal. The apparently slender and delicate structure is strong and sturdy. The bar stool’s wide base seems to stabilize a fragile balance of straight lines and a circle.
CLICK is a light sectional seating system by Estudio Sancal. Toni J. Castaño had a light bulb moment while he was adjusting the headrests of his car. Starting from a simple mechanism, similar to the one used in the car industry, the studio shaped a very versatile sectional seating system. Its easy assembling system, as its name suggests is as simple as clicking the elements together.
DIWAN is a contemporary sofa designed by PerezOchando. The range includes a chaise longue, modular benches and an original armchair. Claudia and Pedro have reduced the sinuous curves of seats and backrests to a bare minimum, bringing an air of lightness to the design.
LAPSO is a new addition to Sancal’s catalogue. Well, it’s difficult to explain but easy to understand once you try it yourself. Lesur & Venot’s creation won an Hermès award for the Best Author design in 2014. Now, years later, Sancal revives this unique vertical hammock.
More new Sancal products will follow in September. ELLE armchair by Rafa García offers maximum comfort with a minimized structure. CORE and REMNANT chairs, VESTIGES tables and DIVIDUALS poufs, all designed by Note Design Studio, are a part of the conceptual set 'Void Matters', a collection within a collection.
A sculpture is meant to make us reflect about the volumes of an object that is always composed of a positive and a negative element. Any given object is defined by two elements: matter and void. “What defines the object itself? The matter, as a design element, or the void that provides it with room to breathe?" asks Kristofer Fagerstrom from Note.
In a masterful abstraction exercise, the Swedish studio fully responds to these theoretical questions with 4 sculptural products. The negative element, that what has been subtracted, is the common thread and a brilliant way to epitomize void. Expressive and powerful, void is a creative force that carves the Vestige tables and the absolute volumes of Core, Remnant and the Dividuals seats.
Mujeres x Mujeres
Together with freedom and equality, difference is one of the great struggles of the Western feminist movement. “Mujeres x Mujeres” (“Women x Women”) is a temporary exhibition curated by Estudio Sancal that reflects upon the role of women in art and life in general. Five artists illustrate 10 different ways of being a woman: Ana Galváñ, Mar Hernández (Malota), Carla Fuentes, Clara Iris & Elena Castaño (Elekna) contemplate powerful women that are extra-terrestrial, creative, immortal, expert, happy, friends, active, thoughtful and free.
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