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Design: Living in a Material World


Nucleo_Piergiorgio Robino
oak, epoxy resin, pigment
46 x 36.5 x 26.5 cm (18  1/8  x 14  3/8  x 10  1/2  in.) 
produced by Nucleo, Turin, Italy
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Marco Rainò and Piergiorgio Robino, Studio nucleo 2008 | 2016, Turin, 2016, p.173

Catalogue Note

A certificate from studio nucleo confirming this is a unique piece created as a study due to the design research is provided with this lot.

The present lot was produced as part of the 'Stone Fossil' collection produced exclusively for Ammann Gallery, Cologne.

The collective Studio Nucleo, directed by Piergiorgio Robino, incorporates a form of material time-travel within its design agenda. Playing on the notion of solidifying time-frames into three-dimensional space, the group’s work engages a wide range of materials from stones and wood to crystals and resin suggestive of different eras and levels of usage. With a strong sense of dialogue between many reused objects in relation to concepts such as fragility, perception and perishability, they have succeeded in suspending their work in functional time capsules: We believe that through making a past of the future, we can create a curiosity of history that has not yet happened.’

Enclosing part of a tree trunk in epoxy resin and pigment, the stool reveals a frozen moment of rupture due to the resin’s solidification process.  The resulting work represents a quiet, explosive force embalmed in purple and yellow pigment colouration.

Design: Living in a Material World