Aero Credenza by Gerardo Rios Altamirano

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Aero

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Credenza

INSPIRATION:
Inspired by the social feelings from the 1920 to 1940, and specially the mysticism and technicality of aerodynamics, opening a window into the early world of aviation. This piece of furniture is the result of a glimpse into the designer's imagination, which tries to depict the emotional state of an era full of optimism (despite the terrible tragedies that occurred at the time), where everything was thought possible and everyone felt part of the progress, philosophically contrasting with the current feeling that progress exceeds us. It is an attempt to present a time capsule to return to that sentiment where all felt conceivable, and to contribute to that progress, explained in ways that not only evoke emotion and optimism, but also in more tangible ways such as lights that are projected onto other surfaces of the room, filling it with a romantic mysticism, interacting and influencing the environment.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
What could happen if we move away from a conventional approach and instead explore a philosophical and emotional take of a furniture art piece? With the purpose of obtaining an emotional reaction and perception; this piece intends not only to extract a set of shapes and mix of materials that stimulate the senses, but also it intends to integrate and influence its environment with beams of light projected over the floor and the wall through the refraction caused by a direct light from the ceiling.The grace of its silhouette and the awareness of the blue glass symbolizes the firmament, so that a person may be transported to a time where almost everything was possible.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The glass at the top has the shape of an airplane’s wing and projects a shade either on the wall or on the floor, if some light is aimed to it from the ceiling (which is the suggestion to be placed at the interior space), thus interacting with the atmosphere of the room.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Begun in November 2016 with the designer´s visit to an aviation history museum and the immersion on the history of aviation of that. Many drawings and art approach forms were made until final cad drawings and prototypes were finished in July 2017, at the art and prototype laboratory of design G. RIOS furniture and design, in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The delicate shapes were made possible thanks to mixed techniques ranging from high-tech machinery cuts to the unique precision and character of handwork. The final shapes and assembly are handmade. The finish is a 6-layer polyurethane varnish.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Elaborated mainly in red oak, with details of zebrano sapelli wood. The top has a 12mm transparent colored glass that can be customized in different tones. The doors are equipped with high end soft closing hinges, and the interior drawer is mounted on hidden soft closing glides. L: 82.5’’ D: 23.5’’ H: 28.5’’

TAGS:
Solid Tzalam wood,Red Oak ,Laminated glass and Leather, Modern Piece, Furniture Art,AERO.

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The designer has always been fascinated by aviation and its history, he had the need to communicate the feeling and life approach of the early aviation years (1920 to 1940). The main purpose was to communicate the feelings of the time through aerodynamics, illumination and subtle shapes of the first planes, which were generally built and designed by the pilots themselves, from which very personal and artistic forms emerged to make those aircrafts so romantic. Silhouettes of airplanes pieces where drawn and extracted and transformed into a geometric-organic concept, looking to elaborate a contemporary design based on a golden era, resulting in a postmodern piece with great character. The construction has been subject to the needs of the specific needed shapes and not the other way around, which gives the design the provocative charm, almost insolent, for being conceptually dissociated from almost everything that can be seen normally in the current market.

CHALLENGE:
With a different set of shapes, silhouettes and figures, the abstraction towards modern forms was the first challenge. Even more, after having achieved the final silhouette, the model was faced with the difficulty of transforming it digitally (3D cad), so it was quicker to sculpt it by hand, with the help of a belt saw, manual tools and a lot of sandpaper. In short, the prototype was hand sculped. With the premise of not subordinating the design to the technical possibilities but on the contrary, it had to be done in this way before passing it to the digital 3D scanner and then finally get it digital. Once this was done, much of the road was already traveled; given the experience of many models already built, everything flowed faster, resulting in the development of a well-designed structure that resists and has a proper ergonomics.

ADDED DATE:
2017-10-23 15:27:56

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Workshop: G. Ríos Furniture Factory

IMAGE CREDITS:
Gerardo Rios Altamirano, 2017.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
G. Rios

PROFILE:
Born in México, Gerardo Ríos has the training of an industrial designer and the calling of an artist: Curious and inquisitive by nature, in his furniture he mixes a seemingly boundless array of stimuli that only truly materialize after an intense process of studies and refinement. As a multifaceted artist, he has a highly sophisticated vision in regards to what makes a piece of furniture special. His designs are made with pure, organic shapes, sometimes elemental but always evoking lavish experiences and associations.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Aero Credenza by Gerardo Rios Altamirano is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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Aero Credenza by Gerardo Rios Altamirano is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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