R 20th Century, NYC, March 5 – April 20, 2013
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 device 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 one 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”.
Project Team: Joana Bem-Haja, Zach Cohen, Emil Froege, Madeline Hollander
Photography: Sherry Griffin