Carpenters Workshop Gallery | Paris is pleased to announce the Spanish artist Nacho Carbonell and his solo exhibition ‘Forest’ in the Marais space this upcoming fall.
After the solo exhibition’s success last year in London, the gallery will be showcasing a selection of Carbonell’s lamp sculptures from his ‘Cocoon’ series including new works such as his ‘Floor Lamp Concrete Base’ range in central Paris. Created in collaboration with the gallery and produced using a unique form of plaster invented by the artist, the works incorporate sand and textile hardener which is then set around a steel frame.
Each design skilfully handcrafted, the ‘Cocoon’ lamp series includes only unique pieces. The works are comprised of organic-shaped, semi-transparent cocoons varied in form, fitted to a loosely structured sand-coloured mesh, illuminated from the inside so that the light diffuses through producing a natural warm glow.
Each one different from the other by varying in colours, shape and size, the series includes several floor lamps as well as four hybrid works called ‘Table Cocoons’. These pieces act as both lamps as well as tables encapsulating the imaginative and playful essence of Nacho Carbonell.
New pieces such as the ‘Floor Lamp Concrete Base’ series suite, are made in the same style with his signature rough finished texture and organic-shaped silhouettes.
What immediately stands out are the immense sizes, encompassing several lights attached to steel ‘branches’ expanding over an impressive height of over 2 meters (6,5 feet).
“I like to see objects as living organisms, imagine them coming alive and being able to surprise you with their behavior. I want to create objects with my hands; then I can give them my personality. I turn them into communicative objects that can arouse one’s feelings and imagination. In short, what I want to create are objects with a fictional or fantasy element that allow you to escape everyday life,” says Nacho Carbonell.
Carbonell is known for his tactile approach to sculpture which plays with textures, experimental techniques, and natural materials.
Born in Spain in 1980 and now based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Carbonell works alongside his team of designers and artists in an open warehouse. He graduated in 2003 from Cardenal Herrera University in Spain and went on to study at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Upon graduating, he created collections such as Evolution in 2009, which won him a nomination for Beazley Design of the Year from the Design Museum in London.
In 2010, a year after being named a Designer of the Future at Design Miami/Basel, he presented This Identity, redefining his current style of organic forms and rough and colorful textures. His pieces are part of private collections and museums around the world.