The Canadian architect Frank Gehry, winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize, in addition to his many spectacular achievements in architecture such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney auditorium in Los Angeles, creates products for commercial brands. Together with Zaha Hadid, he is a renowned contemporary architect, the creator of very formal forms whose approach to the delicate is easily recognizable. These incursions are anecdotal at the moment, but even so, noticed and remarkable. He has already designed jewelry for Tiffany. Now he also designs furniture.
This photo shows the prototype of the Tuyomyo bench: this 3 mters long bench, created by the Canadian architect for Emeco, a U.S. manufacturer of aluminum chairs, was presented at the furniture fair in Milan in April 2009. The construction of the bench employs a manufacturing technology used in aviation, it is made of 80% recycled aluminum and weighs only 55 kg. The shape and the material used for this bench are original for this type of object. It is to be auctioned in New York in 2009 and the proceeds of the sale will be donated to the Hereditary Disease Foundation.
Seen from the front, we observe the combination of a sinuous line (four inflexions) and an angular line (five angles). The dips and apexes of the two lines are in phase and they connect at the three peaks. This "segmenting" of the two lines suggests a kind of gradual merging of one line into the other. Two interpretations are possible: either a downward movement which presses the top plate of aluminum with its smooth and approximative form towards the rigid mold of the angular shape, into which all concavity and convexity disappear. Or, on the contrary, an upward movement where the angular shapes are softened and flattened out to result in a perfectly horizontal plane. A quote from Frank Gehry describing the bench (Internet site www.floornature.info ) confirms his desire for a twofold interpretation: "the form should be free and light, it must be structural in nature, and at the same time poetic, and a little dangerous".