sebastian errazuriz: porcupine cabinet
 
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dec 07, 2010

sebastian errazuriz: porcupine cabinet

slats open and close to create an interactive cabinet images courtesy of sebastian errazuriz

‘porcupine cabinet’ by new york-based designer sebastian errazuriz features independently controlled slats that can be positioned to resemble the animals covered in quills.

the handmade cabinet, constructed out of sculptural painted wood slats, will be produced as limited run of twelve pieces. individually crafted slats that cover the sides, doors, front and back, all expand and become ‘flexible’ to accommodate and create many different configurations – from simplistic to extreme.

the frame is designed to house each controlled piece while maintaining an clean aesthetic on both the interior and exterior of the cabinet. glass shelves float inside to retain an open sight line and are the only material to contrast the black painted wood used for the rest of the cabinet.

‘porcupine cabinet’ was exhibited during design miami 2010.

the design allows for a constantly changing piece

a detail of the hand crafted slats

the cabinet with all components closed

an open door

the top and sides partially open

all components open revealing the glass shelves inside

designer sebastian errazuriz at work constructing the frame

the frame before slats are attached

process sketch of the concept in its early stages

a sketch illustrates some of the details

technical drawings show the cabinet fully open and closed

  • I would like this better if it was only one or two sections rather than four. As an art piece it is too big and overwhelming, unless it was in a huge open minimalist space.

    As a functioning cabinet it is silly. The piece itself would overwhelm anything that was in it, and anything that was in it would detract from the cabinet. It’s conceptually interesting, but the finished product is too much. It would be more striking as an object if is was much less.

    I would also rather see it with the Japanese legs. The curve in them would have balanced out the angularity of the rest of it. Use them in your next, less sections, edition.

    Alison M says:
  • Alison M:
    “I would like this better if it was only one or two sections rather than four” WHY?

    “As an art piece it is too big and overwhelming, unless it was in a huge open minimalist space” SO YOU ARE SAYING THAT ART PIECES SHOULD HAVE A MAXIMUM SIZE?

    “As a functioning cabinet it is silly. The piece itself would overwhelm anything that was in it…” SO CABINETS SHOULD ALWAYS BE DESIGNED TO HIGHLIGHT WHAT’S INSIDE?

    NONSENSE…

    Steve says:
  • Amazing!! never seen nothing like this…

    Kurt, Miami says:

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