The block collection is a series of objects comprised of brass forms that plummet into cast crystal volumes. Molten Swedish barium crystal is poured into textured graphite moulds, giving the cooled blocks the appearance of ice. The crystal acts as a plinth, both supporting and obscuring the heavy brass to create a sense of harmonious displacement. The hollow capsules are chambers for undivulged use, suitable for sacred or forbidden objects. The series examines the relationship between the stable and the unstable, the unbreakable and the fragile, reflecting on what it is conceal, to enclose and to support.
APPARATUS is a New York based interdisciplinary design studio that explores the relationship of lighting, furniture and objects in their environments. Predicated on the modernist principle of gesamtkunstwerk or total work of art, fully articulated collections reveal each piece as an artefact from a singular vision -each imprint referencing the historical and cultural mood summoned by a holistic emotional landscape. APPARATUS creates each piece with a devotion to the rigour of small studio craftsmanship, centring the importance of the human hand in lending soul to an object. Sensual materials such as marble, suede, horsehair, lacquer and porcelain are combined with patinated brass to create the studio’s distinctive catalog. Underpinning every piece, whether it be a light fixture or a chair, is a deft balance between mechanisation and the hand-made, striving equally for the contradictions of perfection and the beautiful irregularity of humanity. APPARATUS galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and Milan each communicate the studio’s singular design ethos while also providing a distinctive, immersive experience informed by its location.The studio was founded in 2012 by Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson. In 2021, the studio expanded its production to a dedicated factory in Brooklyn, where all pieces are hand-finished and assembled.
Crystal and brass
approx H21,5 x W 30,5x D12.5 cm
Brass or graphite