Making a name for yourself in the design world can be difficult at times, but Greek artist Kostas Lambridis took a bold chance that paid of. For his graduation project in 2017 at Design Academy Eindhoven, he created his own version of the 18th century Badminton Cabinet, a monumental Baroque masterpiece of exquisite Florentine craftsmanship. Boca do Lobo Blog gives you an inside look into this cabinet design, as well as the rest of his unique furniture collection.
Lambridis’ spacious work studio, which he recently set up above an auto body shop in the north of Athens, is a testament to his ambition but also reveals the multidisciplinary aspect of his practice; there are dedicated workstations for woodwork, metalwork, stonework and even glasswork. After almost 8 years working for Eindhoven-based Spanish designer Nacho Carbonell, the studio represents the launch of his own practice propelled by the wide acclaim of his furniture collection.
At first glance, the Elemental Cabinet appears like a chaotic assemblage of mismatched parts, an absurd concoction you might have conjured in a dream rather than stumble upon in an art gallery. And yet, its haphazard appearance belies a finely tuned, rational blueprint unfolding in two axes where every component has its rightful place.
Vertically, the materials have been arranged in five strata from the heavier at the bottom to the lighter on top: chunks of concrete, stone and ceramics at the base give way to metals, then layers of wood, plastics, and finally textiles and recycled electronics which make up the cabinet’s functioning clock, beautifully embroidered by the artist’s mother.
Whereas vertically the materials are distributed according to their weight horizontally they are arranged according to their treatment: materials on the left side have been highly crafted while those on the right are incorporated in their natural, raw state. And there’s more, while the front of the cabinet respects the compositional design of the original design, the back exposes the artist’s sui generis construction methods, incorporating, for example, the moulds and casts that were used to craft the façade.
Lambridis’ extraordinary cabinet was followed by two additional pieces that complete his iconic furniture collection. Elemental Daybed and Elemental Chandelier are also archetypal symbols of luxury, privilege and wealth, but whereas the cabinet was conceived as the antithesis of Baroque, they were conceived as a critique of modernism.
Instead of replicating a particular piece of design, the rest of this furniture collection draws from multiple works from iconic designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Robert Rauschenberg, Marc Newson and the Campana Brothers.
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