High Stakes Storage: Bristly Cabinets Covered in Wood Spikes



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Artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz is known for his startling, humorous, and sometimes absurd furniture pieces. A new pair of pieces called Magistral suite do not disappoint – they are bizarre in appearance but perfectly logical in function.

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The Magistral Chest and Magistral Cabinet are both made of solid wood and covered in tens of thousands of sharpened wooden dowels.

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Each piece represents a literal and figurative protection of the owner’s belongings. The sharp dowels protect the objects within, but when the concealed doors are opened the contents become accessible.

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The objects both look intimidating at first, and rightly so – they are capable of causing serious injury. But when you get through the scary outer layer it becomes obvious that the tough exterior is simply a protective measure.

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As with the entire body of Errazuriz’ work, these furniture pieces play at the boundary between art and design. Form and function mingle in a somewhat unusual way.

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The cabinets’ quills were installed by a team of 12 woodworkers over a period of six weeks. They hammered each skewer individually into the already-carved wood. This attention to detail is evident in the sculpturally imposing yet graceful form of each piece.

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