Snarkitecture has joined forces with Pentatonic for a special collaboration designed to reinvent the relationship between art, design, and materials. Presented is "Fractured," a project consisting of a bench and table combination.
The Fractured Bench notes construction from 25 sheets of fine PlyFix and felt made from recycled plastic, pressed into a single sheet that has been heat-formed into an ergonomically curved two-seater bench. The structure has then been severed in the middle to become two separate seats.
The Fractured Table features a similar design approach, having been cut into two pieces as well. The table was deburred by hand and anodized to give off a matte finish.
For more on the collaborative project, read our interview with Jamie Hall, co-founder of Pentatonic, and Snarkitecture co-founders Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen below.
How did the collaboration come about?
Jamie (Pentatonic): I’ve long considered Snarkitecture as masters of capturing the clash of art, design, architecture and materials in beautiful but unconventional ways. Daniel and Alex’s embracing of next generation methods-of-make and a genuine passion for sustainability made for a clear alignment of philosophies. Via a mutual friend we were introduced and here we are.
How does a brand like Pentatonic fight back against hyper-consumerism while still selling products in a capitalist society?
Jamie (Pentatonic): Our societal problem is not so much about how much or how frequently we consume, instead it’s about what materials and what we do post consumption. Consumption can be a force for good, if it’s in the sense of usage with a view of re-usage. So instead of linear "buy-use-dispose-landfill" behavior which is so endemic today, at Pentatonic we are presenting a "buy-use-sell-re-engineer-buy-use...." over and over again. So nothing leaves the system.
We essentially just trade materials to one another as part of an ongoing loop. And the product-creation process must be designed entirely with this circular model in mind - whatever the product. Otherwise, the chances of recycling into something new are slim meaning the waste and pollution continue.
What values do Pentatonic and Snarkitecture share?
Jamie (Pentatonic): An obsession with exploring materials and pushing boundaries of modularity to make things which are so much more than meets the eye.
Alex (Snarkitecture): We’re interested in how everything Pentatonic creates somehow existed in another form. The process is very different to what we’ve done before.
How does Snarkitecture's design philosophy complement Pentatonic's ethos?
Daniel (Snarkitecture): We both focus on taking existing materials and translating them into new forms. Snarkitecture is always exploring how materials can be broken down and transformed into something new or interchangeable. Pentatonic brings upcycled waste and circularity to that concept, which makes the design process especially interesting. We created a large-scale puzzle with furniture.
Alex (Snarkitecture): We introduced a loose, irrational system to Pentatonic’s precision engineering. This intersection resulted in something that is both whole and broken— a manifestation of blurring the art and architecture divide.
Find out more about the collaboration and purchase both pieces here.
Also, be sure to check out Snarkitecture’s new Slip Chair that plays tricks on the eye.