Metallic Geology – The Metal Cabinets by Studio Swine

Studio Swine is known for employing unconventional mediums, such as long flowing tresses in their ‘hair highway’ project, to create distinctive, functional design pieces. In continuing their exploration of alternative mediums, they have developed a set of cabinets which are made from foamed aluminum — ultimately a composition of gas-injected pores — a lightweight material that has the appearance of pumice; and which is typically used in the automotive industry behind walls and car bonnets to enhance structural properties.

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A project commissioned by pearl lam galleries, ‘metallic geology’ is a collection of small, sculptural storage units that draw their rocky forms from the customs of Chinese landscape painting which often displays expressive depictions of China’s mountainous terrain — bringing the rugged environment indoors, drawing striking contrasts with the power of nature, and the still sanctuary of interiors. Here, studio swine have taken what is typically considered an industrial product and highlighted its intricate beauty.

Studio SwineThe boulders reference traditional tea cabinets, with highly polished stainless steel shelving integrated into their cavernous depths, synthesizing ancient Chinese practices with the south-east Asian country’s contemporary industrial production.

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Studio SwineA look inside the cavernous depths of the ‘metallic geology’ cabinets

Studio SwinePolished stainless steel shelves are integrated within the carved out cabinet shells

See also: Unique Designs: The Magistral Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

Detail of the shelves’ contrasting smoothness with the external textured cabinet structure

Studio SwineThe foamed aluminum is a composition of gass-filled pores

The lightweight material has the appearance of pumice

Full view of a ‘metallic geology’ cabinet

The rocky formations draw their influences from china’s mountainous landscape

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See also: The New Furniture Collection By Yabu Pushelburg