Inspired by musical notes on a sheet, Apparatus, a US lighting studio, creates a furniture design collection that includes en embroidered floor lamp, an eel-skin clad cabinet, among other home design objects.
Presented at this year’s Salon Art + Design in New York, the elaborate collection Interlude was created to take on a host of musical references. Throughout the series of limited-edition works, the use of materials and shapes are reminiscent of melodic symbols and pay homage to music. Examples include a pair of cabinets influenced by the music and composition techniques of Theme and Variation. They are crafted with a unique mix of dark materials including eel skin, Carpathian burl, suede and bronze.
“The collection is conceived as a suite of furnishings designed for an imagined, modernist concert hall (…) Musical references inform the collection, with motifs evoking synesthetic interpretations of notes on a score, and a pair of cabinets conceived in the compositional tradition of Theme and Variation,” said the lighting studio.
Decorative embroidery, beading and threadwork were carefully integrated into the exterior of a brass mesh cage, which forms the light shade used on several of the light fixtures in Interlude. Musical shapes and symbols are sewn onto the furniture designs and employ a range of colours, textures and patterns. Pieces of marble shaped like the embroidery motifs from the surface for a set of tables in the collection. Two small sections break away from the large central table to create the series conceived as one piece.
Apparatus first unveiled Interlude collection during this year’s Milan Design Week. The studio then presented the series at this year’s Salon Art + Design in New York, which took place earlier this year, including new furniture designs like the floor lamp.
Apparatus was founded by Gabriel Hendifar and his partner Jeremy Anderson in 2012. The brand has showrooms in New York City, Milan and opened a third location in Los Angeles. Other furniture design collections by the design duo include a homeware and lighting series influenced by intricately decorated Persian boxes and kaleidoscopic patterned textiles that also pay homage to Hendifar’s Persian roots.
Photography is by Eric Petschek.
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