A series of unique chairs cast in Bronze using the ‘lost foam’ casting process.
The Bronze Poly Chair combines two processes I have explored in previous projects – my Pewter Stool that was cast directly into a hand-carved mould on a sandy beach in Cornwall, and my Polystyrene Chair that is carved from a solid block of low density expanded polystyrene (98% air) and then coated in rubber.
Each Bronze Poly Chair is hand-sculpted in polystyrene foam and then buried in sand ready to be sacrificed. Ingots of bronze are heated to over 1100 degrees C and the ‘red hot’ molten metal is poured through the sprue into the sand, consuming the delicate foam and investing the hidden cavity in bronze. Over two hours of waiting and the solid bronze replica of the foam object is broken from the sand. With only one attempt to invest the foam in bronze, every sacrifice is a risk. Successful or not, each casting requires a new foam pattern ensuring no two chairs are the same.
Solids of Revolution are two collections of stools in concrete and wool felt formed using rotational cutting processes. Two inherently disparate materials unified by property and by process. Hard, heavy concrete becomes lightweight and malleable. Soft, supple wool becomes rigid and strong. The convergence of two polar opposites at a state of physical property where the same processes apply.
Both collections are made from preformed objects designed for industrial applications, offering primary function to otherwise secondary articles. The humble concrete block used to build family dwellings and architectural monoliths, and discs of pressed wool felt that are mounted onto a rotational spindle for use in the metal, glass and stone polishing industry.
Solid of Revolution describes a solid object obtained by rotating a plane profile around an axis, an expression that simulates both the process of turning on a lathe and the rotational aspect of a felt polishing disc.
Autoclaved Cellular Concrete is a foamed concrete containing a high volume of air in a cell-like structure. The material is five times lighter than concrete, highly insulating and easily machined making it perfect for turning on a lathe.
Concrete Stools are turned from a complete palette of 18 autoclaved cellular concrete blocks 32 x 32 x 62cm in size. These blocks present perfect dimensions for a seat surface and sitting height and can be mounted onto a lathe and formed using traditional wood-turning tools. Every stool is unique and none were predetermined. Each stool a consequence of that preceding it.
Santeligio is a company with 30 years of experience in fine jewelry manufacturing and it is still managed by the founder’s family that since 1980 has given birth to extraordinary collections.
The company is based in Vicenza, close to Venice, the heart of golden jewelry in Italy where artisan tradition for jewels was born.
Santeligio merges the finest artisan italian tradition with the oriental soul and spirituality.
Heritage and innovation are at the roots of Santeligio’s DNA.
Every day Santeligio professional goldsmiths create masterpieces perfectly mixing traditional and most innovative techniques to bring handmade manufacturing to perfection.