Chilean-born, New York-based artist, designer, and activist Sebastian Errazuriz isn’t happy simply designing nice things to please the eye. Through his unique designs, the internationally acclaimed creator wants to provoke some thoughts and make exceptional pieces, tackling everything from political artworks to experimental furniture. Just take a look (but do you dare to touch?) at his Magistral Cabinet and Chest, the porcupine-like pieces that can hide and protect your most valuable treasures inside its spiky shell.
Magistral Cabinet takes the quills from the Porcupine Cabinet to the extreme. Like the protective layer of a chestnut, Magistral Cabinet incorporates an exterior layer of 80,000 sharpened wood dowels, placed by hand one at a time until the cabinet is ready to symbolically protect the belongings of its owner. A set of concealed doors slides open to reveal its inner mechanisms and each of its many compartments.
The sculptural cabinet continues the artist’s investigation into the boundaries between functionality and symbolism, walking the fine line between art and design.
The magistral Chest has 20,000 individually inserted bamboo chopsticks on its outer shell. This protective layer mediates between the object and the user, protecting what’s inside and inviting people to take a step back.