Deconstructing to Design
Deconstruction is a key element in the exploration of design, but it can also be fundamental to the creation of new projects. Nowhere is this more evident than in two stunning and strikingly different product designs we recently spotted.
When tasked with creating a new concept lamp for Romanian furniture brand Ubikubi, architect and designer Dragos Motica posed himself the question of what is considered broken and what is considered new.
Drawing inspiration from industrial and construction sites, the result was the / Lamp. The reinforced concrete, cork and birch plywood is delivered in tact along with a rock. From here, design control sits with the user who has “a subjective and personal choice” about whether, and how, to change the lamp to suit their taste and space.
Sebastian Erraazuriz’s Explosion cabinet is just one of a myriad of works by the Chilean-born, New York-based designer that will be on show at the upcoming Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) exhibit Look Again.
According to the CMOA, the Explosion cabinet initially sits as a tidy and beautiful sideboard with glass sidewalls providing a glimpse of what’s inside. But a gentle push on the vertical seam that sits at the centre of the cabinet reveals something entirely different – “a cabinet that has exploded beyond the bounds of stability” that “retains beautiful geometric proportions, using mechanics so complex that they took more than a year to perfect”.