Thinking Outside the Box: Leong Leong, Steven Holl, Levenbetts show off new collection of objects

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(Courtesy Guang Xu)
(Courtesy Guang Xu)

New York– and Los Angeles–based architecture firm Leong Leong‘s “A Toolkit for a Newer Age” is part of an exhibition at Chamber Gallery titled Unpacking the Cube which also includes work by Steven Holl and Levenbetts.

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Courtesy Leong Leong

Fabricated out of Himalayan pink salt, the collection of nine objects are designed to satisfy basic human needs, which “can be configured into a series of distinct constellations, alluding to ritualistic events that provide individual and communal opportunities for reflection and socialization” according to the designers.

The shapes of the tools are milled by robots, which creates a juxtaposition between the ancient organic matter from which they are made and the advanced technology used to create them. Eventually the salt objects will begin to degrade, which emphasizes the nature of human tools and how quickly essential items become obsolete. The objects include a tiffin, mortar and pestle, seats, vessel, censer, salt block, candle, horn, and headrests, all of which are placed on an insulated mat.

Holl

Courtesy Steven Holl

Additionally, Holl contributed three cubic sculptures made of concrete, aluminum, and walnut. Levenbetts, comprised of David Leven and Stella Betts, included a collection of hollow wedge shaped pieces that can be combined to create a cube, as well as seating and shelving units.

The exhibition is curated by Andrew Zuckerman and runs through March 5, 2016.

Levenbetts

Courtesy Levenbetts

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