Steel rings were moulded around a wooden chandelier before it was burnt away, leaving this latest piece in a collection of disintegrated furniture by Amsterdam-based Studio Markunpoika.
Studio Markunpoika founder Tuomas Markunpoika formed a web of rings around the original wood piece then set it alight to leave a fuzzy memory of the original object. "The hardest part was to find a suitable light source, and to fix wiring so it contoured the inside shape and didn't interfere with the see-through aesthetics," Markunpoika told Dezeen.
Commissioned by Gallery Fumi in London, the chandelier joins the Engineering Temporality collection of furniture that Markunpoika created as a student at Design Academy Eindhoven, inspired by the disintegrating memories of a grandmother struggling with Alzheimer's disease.
The twelve-piece collection, which includes a cabinet (above) and chair (below), was nominated in the furniture category for Designs of the Year 2013. "When working on the other pieces of the collection I couldn't help noticing how exquisitely the multilayered exoskeleton was interacting with light and movement," said Markunpoika. "The chandelier seemed like a good next step."
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