For his first solo exhibition, Adrien De Melo presents his structural vision of 'the object' at Galerie BSL. Through 7 limited edition objects he reveals the map of an imaginary land where onyx, ceramic and wood form an elegant display of irreverent technical recompositions.
The SLICED table is a formal and fictional investigation dedicated to the reconstruction of the vertical section of a tree trunk from 9 species of wood, together forming a veined, dynamic and contrasting patchwork. SLICED, a 250 cm long offset representation of a forest landscape, denotes and values what is in fact disappearing today in the process of industrialization of wood: the form, the texture and the very character of the species.
MY MOUNTAIN is the mountain that we will all have to climb one day. Geometrically, the shape is based upon Mont-Blanc’s topographical relief, 4 of its crests thus forming the base. The outline interprets the longitudinal section of a relief or a rocky surface, to which the user is metaphorically invited to take advantage of the landscape. The seat explores the style of princely seats reminiscent of classics such as Ron Arad’s ‘Little Albert’.
175 cm high, weighing 39 kg, LILI is a floor lamp which displays the apparent lightness of a white onyx stone, raised, uplifted by a base uniting 8 brushed stainless steel trombone shapes. Its slender silhouette, topped by a levitating quadrilateral, evokes the graphic design in suspension of New York water towers. Fossilised nerves, veins and fluids appear and light up within this interior lamp where the almost translucent rock becomes light.