Get Stunned By These Cabinets: Kostas Lambridis’ Furniture Collection

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Get Stunned By These Cabinets: Kostas Lambridis' Furniture Collection
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Greek artist stands out in the world of modern design! The Greek artist truly made a name for himself through a very bold choice. Kostas Lambridis graduated in 2017 at Design Academy Eindhoven and for that, he created his own version of 18th century Badminton Cabinet

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Measuring almost four metres in height and over two metres in width just like the original, the ‘Elemental Cabinet’ is an ambitious, iconoclastic work, part furniture, part artwork, that exemplifies Lambridis’ creative restlessness and conceptual boldness.

Lambridis’ spacious work studio, which he recently set up above an auto body shop in the north of Athens, is a testament to his ambition but also reveals the multidisciplinary aspect of his practice; there are dedicated workstations for woodwork, metalwork, stonework and even glasswork. After almost 8 years working for Eindhoven-based Spanish designer Nacho Carbonell, the studio represents the launch of his own practice propelled by the wide acclaim of his furniture collection.

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Commissioned by Henry Somerset, the 3rd Duke of Beaufort, for his Palladian home when he was just 19 years of age, the ebony, bronze-gilded Badminton Cabinet is adorned by elaborate mosaics in pietra dura and bedazzled in a wealth of gemstones sourced from around the world, from lapis lazuli, agate and green jasper, to chalcedony and amethyst quart. It was designed in other words as the ultimate status symbol.

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At first glance, the Elemental Cabinet appears like a chaotic assemblage of mismatched parts, an absurd concoction you might have conjured in a dream rather than stumble upon in an art gallery. And yet, its haphazard appearance belies a finely tuned, rational blueprint unfolding in two axes where every component has its rightful place.

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Vertically, the materials have been arranged in five strata from the heavier at the bottom to the lighter on top: chunks of concrete, stone and ceramics at the base give way to metals, then layers of wood, plastics, and finally textiles and recycled electronics which make up the cabinet’s functioning clock, beautifully embroidered by the artist’s mother.

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Kostas Lambridis Honours Patchwork With His Furniture Collection (12)
Kostas Lambridis Honours Patchwork With His Furniture Collection (13)
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Whereas vertically the materials are distributed according to their weight horizontally they are arranged according to their treatment: materials on the left side have been highly crafted while those on the right are incorporated in their natural, raw state. 

Get Stunned By These Cabinets: Kostas Lambridis' Furniture Collection

And there’s more, while the front of the cabinet respects the compositional design of the original design, the back exposes the artist’s sui generis construction methods, incorporating, for example, the molds and casts that were used to craft the façade.

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