The Artist
Based in Montreal, architect and sculptor David Umemoto holds a degree in architecture from the the Université Laval. For the past 15 years, he’s worked on a range of design projects across a number of different mediums, most notably concrete sculpture. His experience in handcrafting was heightened in 2010, after spending a year in Asia to experiment in woodworking, engraving, sculpture and metal casting techniques.

The Process
Each sculpture and modular building system begins with a series of sketches. While the artist conceives and visualizes each artwork in its 3D form, he constructs a series of molds for the sculpture’s negative space. While designing molds for negative space is a common construction process, Umemoto is amazingly able to do so without ever prototyping the positive form.

The Inspiration
Umemoto’s artworks are based on the theory that there is a universal order. “Molecules, cycles, ecosystems - order is the norm and chaos an accident.”

His building systems are an exploration of the patterns and codes that govern our environment. Each system is meticulously designed to allow modular elements to be interchanged and transformed. Though governed by a rigid set of rules, the systems still allow for organic development.
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CHILLIDA RUGS BY NANIMARQUINA
To pay homage to the artist, Spanish rug manufacturer nanimarquina translates the works of Chillida's drawings into rugs. Chillida’s artistic nuances have been faithfully translated - woven using various techniques and a range of natural materials like wool, silk and mohair.

VINTAGE EXHIBITION PRINTS
We've selected a series of lithograph prints from Chillida exhibitions from the 1960s-1980s. Represented by Galerie Maeght for much of this time, the prints are of varied ages and qualities, many of which used as advertisements from specific gallery exhibitions.

Chillida was known to have had an intimate relationship with his artworks, playing a hands-on role in the production with a team of blacksmiths and other artisans.

Born in 1924 in San Sebastian, Spain, Chillida is best known for his iron and granite sculptures, as well as an expansive body of etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts. The artist worked within abstraction, linking shapes and forms that played with concepts of light, landscape, and space.

He leaned on Gaudi’s architectural designs for inspiration – the base of the table and lamps inspired by the building’s vaulted ceilings.

Made from solid pieces of bent steel or brass, the collection merges the modernist impulses of Gaudi with Corsini's reductionist approach to design.

In 1955, Barba Corsini renovated the loft space within the building - transforming it from a storage facility into 13 beautifully-designed apartments.

To complement the modernist architecture, Corsini custom-designed furniture for the space, including the now iconic Pedrera lamps and table.

Constructed in 1921, "La Pedrera" is one of modernist architect Antoni Gaudí's most famous buildings. Located in a residential quarter of Barcelona, the building was controversial at the time of because of its undulating stone facade, twisting wrought iron balconies, and otherworldly rooftop.

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