UK designers Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard dissolve the line between art and design.

fredriksonstallard_speciesarmchairSPECIES - 2015 - Material Polyurethane, Glass fibre, Polyester

Fredrikson Stallard is a studio founded in 1995 by Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard and they are best know for their avant garde design. The leading thought process behind their work is the abandonment of the tenets of Modernism, where " less is more" and" form follows function". This in the backdrop of  the digital age where we have all kinds of objects that can do a lot of things for us but have no meaning and is the context in which their work should be viewed. 

Fredrikson Stallard's products, furniture and interiors balance on the ridge between the traditions of the past and the dreams of the future, with a healthy disregard for the conventions of both. The juxtaposition and fusion of elements from both sides give us glimpses of another, barely tangible reality: a reality where all things are deeper, darker and altogether more fantastic

fredriksonstallard_species1Species was created for Momentum an exhibition by Fredrikson Stallard held during London Design Festival 2015 -

"Species" is a study in evolution by Fredrikson Stallard through the media of furniture design, created with a brute force that is at odds with ideas of comfort or human contact, yet so inviting by the nature of its materials. The pieces are amorphous structures, elements of sculpted mass, chaotic energy, finished in shades of red.

fredriksonstallard_hurricaneconsoleHURRICANE CONSOLE - 2015  Material - Aluminium, wood, resin

The Hurricane Console was launched as part of the Momentum exhibition by Fredrikson Stallard during the London Design Festival 2015 - 'Momentum' is a celebration of the experimental and the rigorous, the unique versus the mass produced, the importance of conceptual and creative development underlining the artists aesthetics and beliefs.

fredriksonstallard_tokyoTOKYO table - 2015

The Tokyo Table was launched during the Momentum exhibition by Fredrikson Stallard during London Design Festival 2015.

 

fredriksonstallard_silvercrushcoffeetableSILVER CRUSH TABLE -2011

Launched at Design Miami Basel during the Basel Art Fair 2011. Water polished aluminium sheet is hand formed by the artists and enclosed in a glass box. The table reflects its surroundings in an abstract, chameleon like way.

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fredriksonstallard_hallingdaltablea HALLINGDAL TABLE - 2012

With the Hallingdal table, Fredrikson Stallard decided to approach the use of fabric from a construction point of view rather than solely an aesthetic and decorative perspective; to explore the possibilities of achieving structure from a soft wool fabric, using nothing but the fabric itself as the main building block.

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BASALT SIDE TABLE  2014

Much of Fredrikson Stallard's work is about fragmentation and finding resolution through destruction. There are many similarities between studying the beauty of the resulting forms when destroying an object, and the veneration of objects, or pieces of objects, of great antiquity that have been fragmented by time. It has therefore always seemed logical for Fredrikson Stallard, when creating furniture from objects whose identity lies in fragmentation, to complete a piece by reflecting the way museums hold up these fragments of great history

 

fredriksonstallard_ming2MING #2 - 2006 Material >Porcelain

Commissioned by Contrasts Gallery for the exhibition ''Contrasts and Contradictions'', Shanghai 2006.

fredriksonstallard_sereno3SERENO  - 2014  in production and is available through Driade 

 

Fredrikson Stallard's work often exudes an energy like that of abstract expressionism, a forcing by the artists hand or a chaos within the materials and forms themselves, albeit an organized chaos. In Sereno they have used similar themes, methods and language to instead create a moment of calm and solitude. The forms themselves are created from shards of glass violently created by the artists, but they become unified in utter stillness by the inclusion of a simple flat sheet and the transformation of the group into polished stainless steel.

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TABLE #1 - 2001

'Table#1' or 'The Log Table' as it has become known, was originally conceived in 2001. The idea was to challenge perceptions of what furniture design could be, by using seemingly archaic methods of construction. Raw silver birch logs, complete with their bark, are lashed together using an industrial blued steel strap normally used for binding shipping pallets. The top surface of the so formed table is painstakingly sanded to an immaculate finish, the meticulous presentation elegantly contrasting with the raw construction.
 
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