Last week, as part of City Modern, a series of events hosted by Dwell Media and New York Magazine to celebrate architecture and design in New York City, local designers opened the doors to their work space and invited the public in for a visit.
As a design collective, Snarkitecture works with other designers, artists and architects to create stunning and unexpected pieces ranging from distinctive custom store displays, to works of art, to furniture and items for the home.
Rendered in their signature matte white cement, a common object becomes art, cement appears to be as light as air and the ordinary becomes unfamiliar.
The Cast Light combines the fixture with the bulb and plays with light, simultaneously revealing and concealing it.
Each work in this series consists of a single long-life LED light bulb cast within a solid cubic volume of white gypsum cement, with a range of forms creating voids that reveal and conceal light. Hand formed and individually cast, each piece is a unique object. A single bulb can be used as a table lamp or accent light, while multiple bulbs can be arranged together to create a larger fixture.At first glance, the Slab Table appears to be an ordinary table, but peer at its underside and a depth is revealed.
Appearing from above as a rectangular volume, the carved sides hint at an inverted landscape concealed below. A single material is excavated to create a textured, topographic form suspended from the underside of a massive slab. Resting on tapered trestle legs, the slab is sized to the dimensions of a regulation table tennis surface and accepts a table tennis net. In addition to functioning as a surface for play (ping-pong table), the piece can also be used as a surface for work (conference table) or living (dining table).
Snarkitecture is a collaborative practice operating in territories between the disciplines of art and architecture. Working within existing spaces or in collaboration with other artists and designers, the practice focuses on the investigation of structure, material and program and how these elements can be manipulated to serve new and imaginative purposes. Searching for sites within architecture with the possibility for confusion or misuse, Snarkitecture aims to make architecture perform the unexpected.
For more information on the designers and their work, visit Snarkitecture.
For more information on the events, tours and exhibition, visit City Modern.
(Images: Liana Walker)