Opening in Chicago on the 18th of this month is a new show of limited edition furniture from new Stateside design stars Rich Brilliant Willing.
Presented in collaboration with Volume Gallery, 'Pro Forma' is the trio's first solo exhibition of limited edition work.
The collection is comprised of a series of personal storage pieces inspired by international air-shipping containers, and what RBW identifies as a transient nature in the contemporary idea of home.
Well known for their appropriation of ready-made components, Theo Richardson, Charles Brill and Alexander Williams of RBW drew specifically from the curious forms of air shipping containers, the corners of which are heavily chamfered or rounded to facilitate their fitting economically into an airplane’s curved fuselage.
With Pro Forma, Rich Brilliant Willing borrows from the archetype of globalization and transposes it onto icons of the home: the credenza, the coffee table, the bookshelf, side table and bar cabinet.
By stripping the container shapes of their original context and the furniture objects of an overly specific function, a dialogue of abstraction emerges.
First and foremost, Pro Forma is a material-rich investigation since the rugged and deliberate shapes of commercial transport are tamed by the more lavish palette of home furnishing and antique luggage: brass, leather, lacquer and American hardwoods; steamer trunks in an age of global logistics.
The show is on until April the 3rd, and expect to hear more about Volume in the near future; they've got a great upcoming program of limited edition shows planned from a selection of contemporary American designers.