JUNE 7TH - 12TH 2022
Returning as "DROP BEASTS", Side Gallery presented Sam Chermayeff's BEASTS collection at DROPCITY, a new Architecture and Design center along Via Sammartini in Milan conceived by architect Andrea Caputo. The collection was on display from 7th to 12th June, 2022. BEASTS was the first solo exhibition of the renowned Berlin architect Sam Chermayeff and consisted of a series of works that appeal to intuition in relation to the creation of furniture. They were designed exclusively for Side Gallery.
Sam Chermayeff Office has been working on the idea of the body in relation to our use of furniture for a long time. This show is no different but as a series, distilled here, it is taking a further step by quite literally, sharpening our connection to the work. Its forms come from typologies that we understand intuitively. A table is still a table, even if it is also a light that supports its reflecting surface. This reflection might make the object disappear while its function, eating working and so on come to the fore. It also makes us, doing those things, appear. We are expected to use these things, to put our lives onto and into them. They are called beasts because we must take the last step of their creation.
Over the last two decades, Sam Chermayeff has undertaken a number of experimental projects related to the development of his personal experiences in both architecture and, furniture design. Of particular relevance, in 2015, he developed two new furniture typologies, a bed and a kitchen, both which literally represent the idea of community. His triangular Bed, by surface 40% larger than an average double bed, can easily be considered a room of one’s own, a hermaphrodite, existing between a service area and a playground that is obviously destined for more than one purpose, be it to rest, relax, have sex or to sleep.
The design is taken to such a height that even the bed lien is bespoke, including triangular couture pillows. If the Triangular Bed stresses a common use, the individual elements for the Free Kitchen seems to form a community in itself. Developed first as a prototype ensemble for the architect’s own use, basically designing unique single plinths and stands with specific heights and proportions for some of his own kitchen gear, (toaster, sink, bin, fish tank, etc), and combining them with kitchen furniture, such as the dishwasher, fridge, stove, shelf, and table, the kitchen- concept itself became somehow freestanding, if not liberated. The Free Kitchen offered a true innovation actively interacting with other areas of our habitat. It was the development of these two typologies that have since led to the development some 50 furniture prototypes, whose use, appearance, or application has been reimagined and readapted, each piece created by an intuition to create a more versatile domestic landscape.