Fredrikson Stallard creates crumpled metal and rock-like furniture for Momentum collection

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London Design Festival 2015: UK design studio Fredrikson Stallard has produced a collection of sculptural furniture – including a sofa that looks like a chunk of rock – to mark its 10th anniversary (+ slideshow).

Momentum by Fredrikson Stallard
Species sofa

Fredrikson Stallard's Momentum collection includes 10 new pieces that were displayed at the studio's headquarters in Holborn during the London Design Festival.

Momentum by Fredrikson Stallard
Species sofa

Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard created their first collection for an exhibition titled Gloves for an Armless Venus in New York 10 years ago.

Momentum by Fredrikson Stallard
Species sofa

The designers have since created tables made from crumpled sheets of metal and a series of crystal lamps resembling the human eye.

Momentum by Fredrikson Stallard
Species sofa

In celebration of the anniversary, they have produced a new collection of objects "whose existence is derived purely from their core ideologies and vision".



"For us, Momentum is a celebration of the experimental and the rigorous, the unique versus the mass produced, the importance of conceptual and creative development underlining the artists' aesthetics and beliefs," said the duo.

Momentum by Fredrikson Stallard
Parachute table

"Momentum is also an anniversary of 10 incredible engaging years of working with visionary patrons and craftspeople who have helped facilitate the development of true creativity into extraordinary works, and this show acts as a personal interlude towards future destinations," said Fredrikson Stallard.

Momentum by Fredrikson Stallard
Tokyo table

The works include a red sculpture called Species that looks like a chunk of Martian rock, but is designed as a sofa.

Other pieces incorporate the duo's signature creased metal in various ways. A pair of consoles have metallic fronts that appear to have be crushed, but with spaces filled in to make each of the other sides flat.

Momentum by Fredrikson Stallard
Tokyo table

Sheets of metal are scrunched up to fit into a glass box to form the low Parachute table, while the Tokyo table has dents in one corner that warp and ripple the shape slightly.

Momentum by Fredrikson Stallard
Crush console

Non-functional designs feature similarly crumpled metal balls with golden edges, which sit on top of plain rectangular plinths.

The exhibition was supported by London's David Gill Gallery, which represents the studio. Previous Fredrikson Stallard designs that have been shown in the gallery include the King Bonk armchair and footstool.

Momentum by Fredrikson Stallard
Crush console

David Gill set up his Mayfair-based gallery in 1987, and has also exhibited furniture pieces by Zaha Hadid and Mattia Bonetti.

Momentum by Fredrikson Stallard
Consequences sculpture

Currently on show is a range of glass storage units designed by David Chipperfield, which are supported by metal poles shaped to resemble Ionic columns.

Momentum by Fredrikson Stallard
Consequences sculpture

The Momentum exhibition took place as part of this year's London Design Festival, which ran from 19 to 27 September 2015.

  • brih

    If I wanted to sit on a rock, I’d sit on a rock!

  • Durgen Jensen

    Looks interesting but it would be nice to have a picture with a person sitting on it or standing next to it for scale reference.

  • Concerned Citizen

    I like the concept.

  • Guest

    More silly gimmicks.

  • mouse

    If I wanted to read gripy commentary, I’ve clearly come to the right place! I think all of it is quite fascinating and well executed. I think that the rock form couches would likely be delightful as I’d imagine that the physical experience might be in direct contradiction to how your eyes perceive it.

    The folded metal pieces are quite sensual in spite of feeling that they are somehow the result of collision.
    It’s art man. Quite good art in my opinion.

    • Guest

      Then why call it furniture, man?