Explosion Cabinet By Sebastian Errazuriz Expands Using Sliding Joints

New York artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz has created a sculptural wooden cabinet – Explosion Cabinet – that slides apart to look like it has exploded. Read on and find out more about this incredible piece.

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Sebastian Errazuriz’s Explosion Cabinet first appears to be a simple wooden box with glass ends and a stainless steel base.

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However, sections at the front, back and top open with a push that triggers the movement of a series of slats that extend out from the main structure to make it appear as if the object has been frozen mid-explosion.

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The design is divided by a central seam, with rows of maple wood slats on the longer sides and top meeting in the middle.

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A system of sliding dovetail joints allows the slats to be pulled or pushed outward, with central elements extending the furthest and adjacent pieces staggering back towards the centre.

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“With a gentle push, the rails slide further and further open until it seems that the cabinet has exploded beyond the bounds of stability,” said Errazuriz.

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Despite utilizing a joint commonly used by cabinet makers, the mechanics of the kinetic parts took over a year to perfect.

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