ROBERT STADLER | Cut_paste #8 (Stonewood Coffee Table)

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Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Cut_paste #8 (Stonewood Coffee Table), 2015
Marble (nero marquina, stonewood, olimpo striato), aluminium
Limited edition of 8 + 4 AP
18.1 x 63 x 54.7 in.


Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Exhibited New York, The Noguchi Museum, “Solid Doubts: Robert Stadler”, 2016.

The works of the Cut_Paste Series are reminiscent of shapes that might have been collected from an imaginary building site. They appear to be sawn-off discarded waste that has now been recycled. In cut_paste #8 Stadler mixes three exquisite marbles with aluminum honeycomb. Geometrical elements are cut or extracted from one corner of the piece to reappear in a different fragment. Its asymmetrical shape is enhanced by the chutzpah of its colors.

New York, The Noguchi Museum, “Solid Doubts: Robert Stadler”, 2016.

Robert Stadler was born in Vienna in 1966. The designer has always been drawn to the details of objects and the narratives they evoke. He studied design at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan before attending the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris in the late 1980s. He has continued to work in Paris ever since.

In 1992 Stadler co-founded the RADI Designers collective, whose varied practice revolved around the marriage of the everyday and the unusual. Stadler began to work on solo projects in 2002, though he continued to collaborate with RADI until the studio’s dissolution in 2008.

Stadler’s interests encompass both what he terms “aristocratic design” and objects typically deemed vulgar or absurd; he explores the possibilities for building bridges between the apparently incompatible. He is involved in furniture making, product, interaction design, art installations, and multimedia ac-tivities. He frequently questions objects’ established identities.

His furniture tends to both convey and destroy preconceived notions of what an object should be. Although works such as his Possible Furniture series may at times appear haphazard, they are perfectly constructed to fulfill their ergonomic purpose.