21 Apr 12 at 5 am

Maarten De Ceulaer - Mutation Series (2012)

The pieces in this series by Maarten De Ceulaer look like they weren’t made by hands, but have grown to their present form organically. They might be the result of some cell-transformation or mutation, or a chemical or nuclear reaction. Are they perhaps a virus or bacteria that has grown dramatically out of scale? The Mutation pieces want to make people look at furniture in a different way. Besides that, they could be regarded as living organisms that can be cultivated in a furniture-farm, as a new-bred or extra-terrestrial species that has just been discovered.

On the other hand, this project can be seen as a review of classic furniture upholstery, they remind us of the famous and iconic deep buttoned Chesterfield sofa’s, interpreted in a highly contemporary way. It’s an industrial process reinvented, a new type of craft. The pieces are created by carefully composing patterns with cut-offs of foam sphere’s of various sizes, and applying them onto a structure. It is hardly impossible to ever recreate such a specific pattern, so every piece is completely unique, even when starting from the same basic structure.


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