MENHIR

Los Angeles, CA

Located all around the European countryside, Menhirs are freestanding man-made rock monuments. Rough, over-scaled and mysterious, their use is not quite figured out, leaving the user open to interpretation. Originated by this idea of a sculptural object that its use is not pre-determined by the designer, the attempt of the design is to create a chair-like object that can be used in different ways. 

“Menhir 02” is referring back to its ancestor, the rough, unfinished over-sized rock, therefore the materiality is very important as part of the design.  “Menhir 02” is carved out of solid blocks of marble using cutting-edge technologies of modeling and fabricating. The two different treatments on the two sides, create these contradictions between rough and smooth, friendly and unfriendly. The back of the object has is highly textured with a linear surface treatment that appears as rough and unfinished, while the inside is smooth and without texture, so the veins of the marble block are visible.

The height of the object signifies its location and creates visual barriers as human height. The  low sitting area creates a high back but also makes the object directional.

 

Ubicados en las afueras de los campos Europeos, los Menhirs son monumentos rocosos independientes. Ásperos, monumentales y misteriosos, su uso no esta del todo definido, dejando al usario usar su libre albeldrío. Originados por la idea de crear un objeto esculutral que no tienen un uso predeterminado, el intento del diseño es hacer un objeto que parece silla la cual puede ser usada de diferentes maneras. 

“Menhir 02” se basa en sus ancestros, ásperos, sin terminar, monumentales rocas, por lo tanto el material juega una parte muy importante en el diseño. “Menhir 02” es una excavación de un bloque de mármol sólido usando tecnologia de punta. Los dos tratamientos que tienen en ambos lados, crean una contradicción entre áspero y suave, amistoso y cáustico.