R 20th Century is pleased to announce 5 Platonic Objects, an exhibition by New York-based architect and designer Christian Wassmann. The exhibition will feature objects, furniture and drawings inspired by five unique geometric forms, the platonic solids. The exhibition is on view March 5th through April 20th. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, March 5th from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Wassmann’s interest in platonic solids derives from his obsession with beauty found in geometry. For this exhibition, he has created five objects that demonstrate how these forms can fulfill the basic needs of someone inhabiting a space. This architectural approach to furniture design incorporates absolute geometric forms into versatile objects of daily life: a pillow, a stool/chair, table, lamp/optical devise and a vase/urn.
Wassmann sees these as existential objects that invite the human body to experience or use them, allowing them to change shape and function upon one’s encounter or engagement with them. Each of the five objects in the exhibition is based on of the five platonic solids – tetrahedron, hexahedron, octahedron, icosahedron, and dodecahedron – a series of symmetrical polygons with four, six, eight, twelve, and twenty faces, that have been a source of wonder among artists, philosophers, and designers since antiquity. Over the years, Wassmann has experimented with these forms in material studies and devised five pieces, each of which serves at least two functions. All of Wassmann’s work encompasses a philosophy that design and architecture do not necessarily abide by the Modernist ideology “form follows function” – rather they present how “form performs function”. “Wassmann has taken on a very interesting task with this body of work. Using hard geometric forms and making them soft and, in turn changing our experience with the objects around us that we interact with everyday and everywhere,” states Evan Snyderman, Principal, R 20th Century.
About Christian Wassmann
Christian Wassmann lives and works in New York, NY. He was born in Switzerland and studied at the University of Art and Design in Zurich and the University of Art and Design in Vienna. He has collaborated with architects, artists and clients on projects that range from site-specific installations and exhibitions to furniture, interiors and architecture. Wassmann’s work includes Robert Wilson’s Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation, Cafe Kristall by Kurt Gutenbrunner and Swarovsky, East Village Radio and the Curved Wall House in Miami for Frank Prisinzano, Lisson Gallery, Murray Guy Gallery, threeASFOUR, and many others including numerous private residences. He is the recipient of the2012 AIA New York New Practice award and the 2010 Swiss Art Award. He is the currently the architect for the upcoming Independent Art Fair (March 7-10, 2013) where he will be designing a rooftop pavilion and working on his first “free floating” building in Chelsea.
About R 20th Century
R 20th Century is a gallery devoted to historic and contemporary design exhibition and education. Founded by Zesty Meyers and Evan Snyderman in 1997, the gallery presents groundbreaking exhibitions and publications of both historic significance and emerging talent. R 20th Century represents a diverse program of international design from North America, South America, Europe and Asia, produced between 1945 and the present. R 20th Century has an extensive archive, library and collection that chronicles the rapid ascent of the design market. In addition to the exhibition program, gallery and publications, Meyers and Snyderman contribute widely to publications and lecture frequently about design.
Designer: Christian Wassmann