Video and Images by Form und Rausch | Text by Sean Santiago
Creative Direction by Tariq Dixon
REND proposes a new vantage point on duality by engaging the diverse approaches of four designers whose works share a common material language: metal and stone. Through newly-commissioned and limited-edition pieces, the exhibition interrogates common contrasts — hard and soft, rigid and flexible, warm and cold. The works find middle ground in the raw edges of Disciplina Studio’s marble tables, and the plush upholstery of TRNK Collection’s steel-based seating. Works by Sisan Lee and FICT Studio directly engage the weight and rigidity of their chosen mediums, presenting furniture that appears ineffably light yet layered. By considering these works as a whole, rather than disparately, qualities that once seemed intrinsic become a matter of context.
TRNK Collection is the exclusive, self-designed product line for the NYC-based design curator and publisher, TRNK. Designed by TRNK’s Founder Tariq Dixon and team, the TRNK Collection includes three distinct upholstered seating lines, produced by skilled craftsmen in Los Angeles and North Carolina. The brand has near-term plans to expand to a range of new product categories, including rugs and home fragrance, produced in collaboration with suppliers and artisans from all corners of the globe.
Based in the central Mexico City neighborhood of Colonia Buenos Aires, Disciplina Studio is an independent, multi-disciplinary practice founded by artist and architect Tomás Díaz Cedeño. What began as a channel through which Díaz Cedeño could collaborate with a roster of rotating creatives, Disciplina has since expanded into furniture design, ceramics and art direction. His design practice explores the primacy of materials, unveiling unique ways of manipulating or recontextualizing common elements, like marble and steel.
FICT, which stands for ‘From Craft to industry,’ is an independent design studio founded by Jang Hea Kyoung. Based in Seoul, South Korea, Jang creates modern furniture and objects using a process that combines experimental design with age-old craft. She has exhibited her work all over the globe, including at Maison & Objet, the London Design Fair, and the Lake Como Design Fair.
Seoul-based designer Sisan Lee majored in Interior Design at Konkuk University Global Campus in Chungju, where he became intrigued by different forms and textures of stones. For his first complete body of work titled ‘Proportions of Stone,’ Lee pairs natural stones scavenged from nearby mountains with manufactured stainless steel, creating harmony between these seemingly incongruous elements.
Founded in 2018 by Hannes Lippert, Form & Rausch is a contemporary, Berlin-based design studio. The studio specializes in 3D visualization, animation and motion graphics, for clients that include Dello Studio and Jacquemus.