INHALE – GRAND ANTIQUE
InHale is a series of furniture which transform marble into a light state of being. Bending the rules between forms, techniques and materials, the chunks of marble are lifted by an inflated metal cushion. Resulting in a light affect where a heavy rock is resting on a volume of air, enveloped in a soft like metal pillow. Ben cultivates and creates a rather surprising language of form.
His admiration of raw materials and their imperfections is evident in his work. He allows the materials to react using techniques that can’t be fully controlled. The main stone that is used in this new series is the Grand Antique marble. The quarry that has supplied it has been closed for over a century and has only recently reopened. To be able to create a new classic and find the link between an old marble and innovative new techniques – the result is simply magical.
Grand Antique marble
Blown stainless steel
55 x 55 x 35 cm
This daybed is the first result of an ongoing research on a technique of blowing - and thus forcing - metal plate into a certain shape. The used technique always results in a surprising form since it can’t be controlled by the designer/maker. In a sense the material and technique will dictate their final shape, being their own mold, resulting in a certain balance (the final figure as the balance between material and used force).
Within this new series Ben will try to control the abstract figure by adding one extra molding parameter to push the object into a specific archetype furniture like, in this case, a daybed.
Blown, polished brass
200 x 100 x 17cm
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
GRAPHIC DESIGN BY BUREAU ADRIAAN TAS
IMAGES BY ALEXANDER POPELIER
WEB DEVELOPMENT BY BRUT_collective
Bold movements and emotions