Apparatus Creates Musical Furniture Designs

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photography is by Eric Petschek.

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