This Is Not A Duet at New York's Chamber Gallery
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This Is Not A Duet exhibition presents unrelated design collections at New York's Chamber gallery

New York 2015: a new exhibition at New York's Chamber design gallery pairs an installation and furniture built from three-armed modules with a set of phallic tableware.

Mobi by Sung Jang
Mobi by Sung Jang, also main image

Titled This is Not a Duet, the show includes a room-scale installation and furniture by Chicago-based Sung Jang and a series of tabletop-sized objects by Spanish designer Gala Fernandez Montero. The exhibition's name paradoxically suggests and denies a relationship between the two new bodies of work.

Mobi by Sung Jang
Mobi by Sung Jang

Jang created a prototype for a curved tripod module, called Mobi, which was 3D printed and tested for strength and stability. He then asked a Chinese factory to produce injection-moulded plastic versions of Mobi in polypropylene.

Mobi by Sung Jang
Mobi by Sung Jang

Jang stacked thousands of the modules together to create the installation at Chamber, which has a house-like form with a pitched roof. Several half walls divide the interior into a series of rooms.

Mobi Low Table by Sung Jang
Mobi Low Table by Sung Jang

The repetition of the thin, curved module gives Mobi a presence that appears both delicate and sturdy. "I'm interested in what people perceive to be beautiful and what they don't," Jang said. "Mobi, as you build it, has elements of elegance and extravagance."

Mobi Bench by Sung Jang
Mobi Bench by Sung Jang

Sung also used the module to create a base for a long bench and a coffee table. The furniture was designed in response to the dimensions of the long, thin gallery space.

Adult Game by Fernandez Montero
Adult Game by Gala Fernandez Montero

Montero's collection, called Caro Ettore, pays homage to the Memphis designer Ettore Sottsass. Unlike Sottsass, who often used manmade materials like laminates, Montero uses natural materials like stone and wood. "I met Sottsass as a student in Milan," said Montero. "I fell in love with him because he was so amazing."

Adult Game by Fernandez Montero
Adult Game by Gala Fernandez Montero

Caro Ettore consists of two series: 16 Little Sculptures and Adult Game. The 16 Little Sculptures are stacked totems made of highly contrasting Mexican stones of different colours. "I'm working in Mexico, so I have to have a relationship to the place," Montero said. "The stones are noble materials and the locality has a richness."

Little Sculpture #2
Little Sculpture #2 by Gala Fernandez Montero

Adult Game is a box filled with objects of different forms, such as tubes, circles and X shapes. The objects are intended to invite rearrangement and play, but the user must devise the rules of the game.

Little Sculpture #9
Little Sculpture #9 by Gala Fernandez Montero

The erotic connotations of the name relates to the sensuality of the materials in addition to some of the phallic and orifice-like shapes, according to the designer.

Little Sculpture #19
Little Sculpture #19 by Gala Fernandez Montero

The exhibition, curated by Maria Cristina Didero and Juan Garcia Mosqueda, opened during this year's NYCxDesign festival earlier this month and runs until 3 July 2015 at Chamber, which is located at 515 West 23rd Street, New York.

Photography is by Antonella Tignanelli.