Reality Glitch: Digital Distortion in Physical Furniture Form

Art imitates life … and sometimes furniture copies computer errors. Yes, you are seeing these images right: they depict an actual piece of carefully carved furniture, not a photo file gone wrong.

Ferruccio Laviani created this off object using CNC processes – hand-cutting such an object would be nigh on impossible. Make from oak, it looks delicate, intricate and solid, up to the points where distortion takes over and sharply (literally, so be careful!) bends and twists it an improbable angles.

From the press release: “Echoes of faraway places and Oriental elements are glimpsed in the “disorienting” design of this storage unit, which seems to have been “deformed” by a strong jolt or by swaying movements. Although it appears to depart from the aesthetics of the past, in fact it draws upon ancient knowledge in the use of carving and fine wood workmanship.”

And where does it fit within the canon of tradition and style? “The appeal of this extraordinary piece of furniture lies in its ability to overturn and question classical stylistic principles such as purity, cleanness and symmetry, while evoking a comforting feeling of deja-vù and a sort of primitiveness, matched by unquestionable craftsmanship.”

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