rafael de cárdenas at johnson trading gallery
rafael de cárdenas at johnson trading gallery rafael de cárdenas at johnson trading gallery
may 18, 2011

rafael de cárdenas at johnson trading gallery

rafael de cárdenas at johnson trading gallery cabinet with purple-blue gradient all images courtesy of johnson trading gallery / connie zhou




rafael de cárdenas johnson trading gallery on now until june 25th, 2011


johnson trading gallery presents the first complete collection of furniture by new-york based architect rafael de cárdenas. referencing the work of bruce goff and frank lloyd right, the work in this series takes the cube as its underlying form, building outwards from this through the rotation, mirroring and multiplication of shapes. each of the objects are composed from a set of geometrical relationships – cubes fastened by triangular or semi-circular forms – that both act as decorative and structural elements.





this series comes in a variety of finishes including: plywood, neon gradients, veneered cypress… the collection speaks of de cárdenas signature aesthetic, expressing bold lines and colors contrasting one another and includes: two benches, a console table, a dresser, a pair of nightstands, a hexagonal dining table with six nesting chairs, a planter chair and two cabinets which increase in size and detail with somewhat anthropomorphic features – their diamond-shaped legs slim down to pointed feet that hold up a far larger torso of a similar shape.

planter chair







hexagonal dining table

night stands




  • the pictures look great, pity that in reality the quality and details are horrible and cheap for 10.000$ pieces!!

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