R & Company, NYC, March 5 – April 20, 2013

The five objects in the exhibition reflect an interest in platonic solids that is derived from an obsession with the beauty found in geometry. They demonstrate how such forms can fulfill the basic needs of inhabitation. This architectural approach to furniture design incorporates absolute geometric forms into the creation of versatile objects of daily life: pillow, stool/chair, table, lamp/optical device, and vase/urn. The objects invite the human body to experience or use them, allowing anyone to change their shape and function upon the 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. These symmetrical polygons, with four, six, eight, twelve, and twenty faces, respectively, have been a source of wonder for artists, philosophers, and designers since antiquity. Years of experimentation with these forms in various material studies led to the final determination of the five pieces, each of which serves at least two functions. They reflect the philosophy that design and architecture do not necessarily abide by the modernist ideology of “form follows function.” Rather they present how “form performs function.”

Project Team: Joana Bem-Haja, Zach Cohen, Emil Froege, Madeline Hollander

Photography: Sherry Griffin


Christian Wassmann: 5 Platonic Objects

5 Platonic Objects