British renowned architect David Chipperfield has designed his new cabinet inspired by ancient Greece. This project was the first to be launched in collaboration with David Gill Gallery, where this furniture piece is on display.
Made of bronze, steel and glass bookshelves, this cabinet contain elements that reference the architecture of the greek classical age. Besides, the name of the collection – Ionic – is one of the three orfers of Classical Architecture, along with Doric and Corinthian.
According to David Chipperfield, this exhibitions was a chance to create furniture that was free from all the usual commercial restrictions dictated by the marketplace.
The blackened steel shelves of the cabinets and bookcases rest on a bronze framework that uses slender supporting poles. The cylindrical rods are fluted to represent the Ionic columns, and are capped with flat sections on either end so they can be fixed to the horizontal sections of the frame.
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“With David Gill, we were able to operate outside the conventional commercial furniture system – it was strange and yet very interesting,” said David. “I still wanted to make a utilitarian object but didn’t see utility as its primary concern – or the economy of means.”