Explosion Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz
expands using sliding joints

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New York artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz has created a sculptural wooden cabinet that slides apart to look like it has exploded (+ slideshow).

Explosion Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

Sebastian Errazuriz's Explosion Cabinet first appears to be a simple wooden box with glass ends and a stainless steel base.



However, sections at the front, back and top open with a push that triggers the movement of a series of slats that extend out from the main structure to make it appear as if the object has been frozen mid-explosion.

Explosion Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

The design is divided by a central seam, with rows of maplewood slats on the longer sides and top meeting in the middle.

Explosion Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

A system of sliding dovetail joints allows the slats to be pulled or pushed outward, with central elements extending the furthest and adjacent pieces staggering back towards the centre.

Explosion Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

"With a gentle push, the rails slide further and further open until it seems that the cabinet has exploded beyond the bounds of stability," said Errazuriz.

Explosion Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

Despite utilising a joint commonly used by cabinet makers, the mechanics of the kinetic parts took over a year to perfect.

Explosion Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

Completed last year, the design has been acquired by the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, ahead of a solo exhibition of Errazuriz's work called Look Again, which will open in September.

Exhibition curator Rachel Delphia described the cabinet as "a beautiful, surprising, and confounding work that represents the playful conceit of the master cabinetmaker showing off."

Explosion Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

His other projects include a cabinet resembling traditional Japanese Samurai armour and a series of 3D-printed shoes inspired by 12 of his former lovers.

Explosion Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

  • Steve

    If I got near it I’d definitely make it look like it had exploded.

  • mitate

    There appears to be rather a lot of “playful conceit” around today.

  • http://be.net/bassel Bassel

    If this thing hits the markets, their ad should go something like “a table for people who don’t like tables”.

  • http://www.inalcotrends.com/ Inalco Ceramics

    It’s a very curious concept.