As depicted in their presentation brochure, Linley’s collaboration with conceptual artist Rolf Sachs and designer Alex Hull is a mixture of old and new, tradition and innovation, brutishness and its extrapolation.
Set to bring to light the virtuosity in British craftsmanship and the ingenuity of designers, the two inaugural projects present Rolf Sachs’ reinvention of the concept of cabinetmaking and Alex Hull’s reinterpretation of an iconic Linley writing desk.
Playfulness seems to be the word of order in Sachs’s creations. Dismissing the rules of the Known and Seen, Rolf Sachs fashions the Q-ubes collection, modular elements made of wood, copper, zinc or glass, can be combined to suit the user’s desires. The outcome is a free-arranged library escaping conventions and emboldening the individual perspective each viewer could attribute to the artefact.
As a genuine oeuvre d’art, the Stack-ed Desk conforms to no rules: no nails, no screws, the designer gives the user the prerogative of assembling it on its own. One can go as far as his imagination convoys him. Laser-cut and hand assembled, this desk is the appropriate illustration of the dichotomy in associations transgressing the creations issued of Linley collaborations.
Essentialness of the wittiness would befitting define Alex Hull’s EQUUS, a 21st century desk mélange articulating traditional arts of leather, bookbinding and saddle making.
Alex Hull chose leather to unify the futuristic structure of carbon fibre and glass fibre lamination. Natural and organic leather was selected so as to emphasize its symbolic dimension of collector of memories. A secret compartment made of wood is placed in the middle of the desk in order to create a note of discordance and to engrave a Linley signature. “I wanted the form to compliment the material,” Alex Hull explains.
Both designers adopted a minimalist approach. Sachs vows a predilection for functional in detriment of decorative. On the contrary, Hull sets aesthetically elaboration at the core of its interpretations of the Linley desk.
The two projects recreate the awareness of an exhaustive experience by engaging all the viewer’s senses: one can be dazzled by Sachs and Hull’s creations, smell the freshly cut timber and leather and immerse in a space dedicated to reinventing design.
Photos courtesy of Shameer Subratty