Fredrikson Stallard
‘Crush’

12/09/2012 - 27/10/2012

The show, called CRUSH, features a series of new low tables and chaises inspired by the sensuous form of crumpled metal sheet. These include an extended metal chaise upholstered in a sleek ultra-suede skin; glass unit tables containing a polished metal sheet in black, gold and silver which creates tantalizing reflections of the surrounding space; and low table formed of a sheet of crushed polished metal.

The new pieces perfectly represents Fredrikson Stallard’s ability to create a meaningful relationship between work done by the hand and the computer. “We made tiny models in aluminium, which were then scanned in digitally. You still get the sense that the metal is doing what it wants,” they say.

Also on show is the new version of key Fredrikson Stallard piece – the Pyrenees sofa – which they have created in a teal blue. A green version of the Pyrenees, an exercise in hand-sculpting an unusual sofa form out of a vast block of upholstery foam, is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Ian Stallard (b.1973 in Essex) and Patrik Fredrikson (b.1968 in Sweden) graduated from Central St Martin’s in, respectively, ceramics and industrial design. They joined David Gill Galleries in 2006 and shortly afterwards their first pieces, the shocking pink Bergere armchairs made in rubber and highly polished steel, were exhibited at the Design Museum. David Gill had been watching them for a while, attracted by their fusion of artistic creativity and technical perfection. His subsequent support has enabled them to pursue some complex projects that have stretched the possibilities of both materials and ideas. “They work against the odds and with great optimism,” says Gill. “But the ultimate reward for this process, this refusal to give up, is work that offers extraordinary resolution.”