Conceptual artist Rolf Sachs is one of the creative minds being mined by British furniture company LINLEY as part of LINLEY Collaborations, a fruitful marriage of unconventional vision and exceptional craftsmanship. Recently exhibited at London Design Festival 2012, Rolf Sachs’ two pieces for the artistic alliance—Q-UBES Collection and stack-ed desk—play with ideas of construction and layering.
Storage and Desk Toy with Perceptions
Working with a palette of rich and varied materials, including metal (zinc and copper), solid woods, leather, Chinese lacquer, and merino felt, Sachs envisions furniture pieces that “toy with your perceptions.” Q-UBES Collection presents a storage system where “individual elements can be curated in a personal and free manner.” Like an adult’s building block toy, Q-UBES helps people create their very own cabinet of curiosities wherein the furniture itself becomes part of the display.
Sachs’ stack-ed desk proves no less arresting. Inspired by “the aesthetics of storing and drying freshly cut timber,” this desk layers solid, virtually untreated wood to construct a desk without nails or screws. Delightfully deconstructed, stack-ed desk revels in its unique drawers, “where fabrics, materials and functions are used in surprising ways.”
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About the designer: Rolf Sachs is a conceptual artist based in London. His studio Fun c’tion opened in 1994, a creative laboratory percolating with creations that challenge our conceptions. Always striving for human interaction and reaction, Sachs’ work forces people to evaluate the world they inhabit. From a table depicting a tableau of societal alienation (Alone in a Crowd Table) to a lamp caging a robin alongside bulbs and mirrors (Rubecula), products by Rolf Sachs exist in the liminal space where art and design merge.
About the Manufacturer: LINLEY is a British retail and bespoke furniture manufacturer. Founded in 1985, LINLEY is best known for “creating furniture and accessories that represent British craftsmanship at its very best.” The company’s woodworking is particularly notable, fusing traditional and modern techniques in superb cabinet making. Find LINLEY pieces at its London showroom, as well as online and at Harrods.