Theremin Creations by François Chambard of UM Project

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What happens when a furniture designer turns his focus to fantastical musical instruments? François Chambard of the Brooklyn based UM Project shows his collection of twelve Theremin creations at Judith Charles Gallery in New York City during a month-long art exhibition and performance series that celebrates the launch of Butterscotch Records with the support of Moog Music.

Here's a little more about the project:

The Theremins are legitimate instruments, both in size and function, and were to be designed around the iconic Moog Etherwave Theremin, most of them as self-standing pieces.

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The Odd Harmonics collection combines different influences that yield a rich and colorful language: mid-century design, Bauhaus-Pop, Memphis, Steampunk. Like other creations by François Chambard, the success of the pieces relies on original design, impeccable execution, the use of rich and honest materials, as well as the emphasis on connections and details.

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The approach is often described as “Industrial Craft,” depending less on the over-processed transformation of materials and more on the unusual combination and juxtaposition of those materials.

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The result is graphic and colorful details, highly noticeable and memorable, reminiscent of old joinery techniques and traditional craftsmanship, yet totally in sync with the digital age and appealing to the modern eye.

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A broad range of materials and processes are used including wood, Corian©, felt, linoleum, steel, aluminum, brass, carpeting, sheepskin, and lacquer. The one-of-a-kind pieces are mostly made by hand but also utilize digital fabrication such as laser engraving, laser cutting, CNC machining and water-jet cutting.

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(Images: Francis Dzikowski/ Esto)

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