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Nucleo experiments with resin to create furniture for Ammann Gallery

New York 2015: referencing geology and the passage of time, Italian design group Nucleo's resin furniture for the Ammann Gallery was shown at New York's Collective Design Fair (+ slideshow).

Souvenir of the Last Century Stool
Souvenir of the Last Century Stool

Based in Turin, Nucleo is a collective of artists comprising Piergiorgio Robino, Stefania Fersini, Alice Carlotta Occleppo and Alexandra Denton.

Their furniture juxtaposes rough and polished materials, intended to mix the natural and the artificial.

Souvenir of the Last Century Stool
Souvenir of the Last Century Stool

Built up over several months, many of the resin pieces created for the Ammann Gallery are broken apart and recast, or layered with different coloured pigments. The effects create aesthetic qualities similar to semi-precious stones.

Amethyst AP2o
Amethyst AP2o

"Every piece is a process," gallery owner Gabrielle Ammann told Dezeen. "They work and experiment until they get the quality that they want."

Amethyst AP2o
Amethyst AP2o

For example, the limited-edition Amethyst AP20 stool is coloured to look like a geode – a rock containing crystal structures inside. It is Nucleo's first piece designed for both indoors and outdoors.

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Nickel Fossil Stool

The metallic sheen of the Nickel Fossil Stool is enriched by the textures created by imperfections formed during the casting process. Nucleo sees these impurities as a form of embellishment.

Nickel Fossil Stool
Nickel Fossil Stool

Quartz is a variation on the Amethyst stool, with wood embedded inside and layers of white pigment to create the marbled texture.

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Quartz

The Resin Fossil Console, a one-off piece, uses translucent resin to create its frosted, ghostly presence. "The piece picks up the light of whatever room it's in, so it plays with the environment," Ammann said.

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Quartz

For the Souvenir of the Last Century Stool, a clear epoxy-resin form encases an antique wooden stool. The casting process created bubbles and colours within the resin.

Resin Fossil Consolle
Resin Fossil Consolle

"They buy and preserve old pieces of furniture from around the world and make them the inner life of the new pieces," said Ammann. "The casting process and how it reacts with the old objects is always unpredictable."

Resin Fossil Consolle
Resin Fossil Consolle

The Wood Fossil Table has antique wooden legs and a polished resin top. It's the most minimal piece in the collection. "All the pieces are usable if you want them to be," Ammann added.

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Wood Fossil Table

Ammann Gallery also represents photographer Hélène Binet, whose images of Peter Zumthor's Steilneset Memorial in Norway were displayed alongside the furniture at Collective Design Fair.

Wood Fossil Table
Wood Fossil Table

The event took place at Skylight Clarkson Sq from 13 to 17 May during NYCxDesign – New York's annual design festival.