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'Pillow Lounge Chair' in Red Lacquer and Faux Fur by Schimmel & Schweikle



Pillow lounge chair (prototype) Sizes: width 129 cm, depth 118 cm, height 87 cm material: wood, PU-foam, faux fur, car paint edition: prototype, unique piece. Schimmel & Schweikle have announced their first solo exhibition 'A tree full of splinters' in the Everyday Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium. Rooted in material theory, Schimmel and Schweikle’s new series of works examines wood and its relationship to human progress, taking a close look at how it’s historical, cultural and political narratives have shaped the way we think of a design for centuries. Exploring the space between 3D modeling and craft, they invite us to reconsider the hierarchies between the handmade and then digitally manipulated. Simulated wooden ornaments assume a contiguously relational form to the texture they are mimicking, indistinguishable from the original except for the thin lines that give away it's 3d printed manufacturing. Wooden shelving in the shape of a branch, so perfectly tree-like that it replicates itself; the branches organic bulges repeated as if it were a block print. The pieces make you wonder which form would qualify as ‘more real’, an algorithmic search engine might decide on the 3D printed branches, as the articulation of physical properties that are attributed to wood are so perfectly pronounced in this digitally produced form. Baudrillard predicted that the simulation will become more real than the real, yet in the work of Schimmel and Schweikle they remain equals, assisting each other in function and form. Schimmel & Schweikle is an ongoing collaboration between Janne Schimmel and Moreno Schweikle. Their work revolves around the nexus of technology, art, and culture. In that realm, Schimmel & Schweikle focus on developing concepts that deal with the closing gap of the digital and physical realm. In their latest ´Pillow.pillow´ collection they use 3D modeling software to unite opposite forms of expression into non-confirmatory objects. The strict lines of the modern-style furniture that the pieces are based on are emphasized by a shiny, lacquer-like finish achieved by coating the pieces in car paint, while the blob-like upholstery additions are finished in a soft artificial fur. Each piece is the result of a digital modeling experiment, which the designers have translated into a real object. The two chairs in Schimmel & Schweikle’s Pillow. Pillow series combine archetypal, Minimalist furniture designs with organic shapes, “morphing” them together to create new forms. Resulting in a dualistic form of expression that challenges the need for an uncontaminated narrative. The third piece in the collection features a standard desktop computer combined with green, fur pillows, and is intended to sit on the floor of a living room. The way the computer has become so intertwined with our lives cannot be ignored. That’s why the ´Pillow.pillow Computer´ pulls itself from the dark desk corners where it usually lives and gives itself the more prominent role it deserves in our households. In a way, it is a token to the design mythology of the designers who always aim to investigate the role the digital world plays in our everyday lives.

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Customers can choose from any choice of colors Only 20 pieces will ever be made in total


  • Creator
    Schimmel & Schweikle (Designer), (Workshop/Studio)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 34.26 in. (87 cm)Width: 50.79 in. (129 cm)Depth: 46.46 in. (118 cm)
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  • Date of Manufacture
  • Production Type
    New & Custom(Limited Edition)
  • Estimated Production Time
    4-5 weeks
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Antwerp, BE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU933428086042

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