Image Courtesy of David Gill Galleries, All Other Photos By Gail
My favorite design show, Salon Art + Design, wrapped up last week and I’m so excited to start featuring all of the amazing art furniture that I was lucky enough to see in person at the Park Avenue Armory. To kick things off, let’s take a look at the Dune Table, designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid (1950 – 2016).
The Dune Table — which looks like it fell off of a futuristic space vessel — is part of the Dune Formations installation, which debuted at the Scuola dei Mercanti during the 2007 Venice Biennale. This body of work was created exclusively for the David Gill Gallery of London as a continuation of Hadid’s research and exploration into the dialogue of material geometry.
Dune Formations is an organic ensemble of unique furniture elements ranging from wall shelving, tables, benches and even an artificial tree. Every piece challenges traditional Cartesian geometries by blending vertical and horizontal into continuous three-dimensional surfaces. Advanced 3D modeling techniques were combined with the processes of digital production and innovative materials. Metal and resins were melted into sinuous shapes, and finished with a bespoke golden-orange color created in the UK.
Dune Formations is a series of distinct elements, all generated by a common series of topological rules, and differentiated by unique design features. The elements can nest into each other to form a dynamic three-dimensional ensemble, where each object affects its neighbors and at the same time has the ability to live on its own as a unique piece.
Always questioning the restrictions imposed by an orthogonal arrangement, the total fluidity of Hadid’s work pushes the boundaries of architecture and design.
Photographed in the David Gill Gallery Booth at the 2022 Salon Art + Design, NYC