Rising Stars: david/nicolas at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Inspired by stars and blackholes, the Lebanese design-duo david/nicolas launch their inaugural show, Supernova at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris
“The death of a star results in either a black hole or a supernova, here, death is only a
transformation, it outshines everything else and evolves into a new life. It reminds us of Beirut,
this city that was reborn over and over again, a place where time and space are different, where
beauty is in the small things or even in the memories of it”, says Lebanese design-duo david/nicolas, made up of David Raffoul and Nicolas Moussallem. But what do outer-space and luminous balls of flaming gas have to do with furniture design?
David/nicolas’ inaugural show, Supernova, at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, explores the concepts of time, death and regeneration through pieces of sculptural furniture. Inspired by their fascination for stars, the duo used a kind of collage of materials–stone, brass and wood–to create a body of work that is both functional and striking. The aesthetic builds on their typical retro-futuristic style with references to oriental geometry which is inlaid into the stone tabletops, overlapping circles that seems to allude to moon patterns as well Venn diagrams, antique furniture and ancient columns.
The pieces on display are part of two bodies of work– Constellation and Monocle. Although very different in style the two collections are united in their investigation into, what the designers refer to as, the “post-explosion phenomenon”. Complex theories aside, the collection of tables, rugs and cabinets on show are precise in the sensitive way the materials are combined down the the finest details, elevating these everyday objects into something unique. They also demonstrate the diversity of the pair, who also work in interior design and, recently industrial design with their Orquestra tableware which won them the Red Dot Design Award and the Wallpaper* Award.
Supernova will be on display at the Carpenters Workshop Paris until October 6.