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Fri, Jan 18, 2019 — Sun, Jan 27, 2019


Window Installations




Frances Watson

1390 Queen Street West


‘AESTUS’ blends material and machine. Inspired by the dynamic relationship between nature and machine, AESTUS is a series of stratified wooden vases designed and manufactured to explore a new synthesis of traditional materials and modern technology. Carved from solid beech plywood by an industrial robot, the vases capture the fluidity of the machine’s movements in the depth of the wooden texture.

‘AESTUS’ is meant to celebrate the emerging aesthetic potentials of contemporary wood design. The vases are both a story of material exploration as they are of technical prowess. Each piece is formed by the bespoke kinematics of a 7-axis industrial robot, pushing the limits of 3D milling and revealing each vase’s unique grain and stratified look. While precise in their manufacturing, they reveal the uncontrolled detail of one of the oldest materials known to mankind.

The series’ distinctive material and iconic shape is meant to blend modern and traditional design qualities. Displayed in tandem or as a conversation piece, each of the four vases in the series is functional and highly durable. Their size ranges from 31 to 110 cm. A brushed stainless-steel inset marks the lip of the vase and serves as a durable water repository, which ends at the bottom of the vase as a setback platform. A wax finish serves as a natural protection to the wood.

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