GSL GALLERY 'BLUE STEEL', PARIS

1. 2024

GSL gallery takes a cold, hard look at the design world’s current infatuation with silver metals. Co-curated by gallery founder John Whelan and Kristen de La Vallire of Say Hi To , the show brings together an international crop of established and emerging designers working in aluminium and steel. Exploring themes such as the overkill of brass, Postmodern throwbacks, social media groupthink and gender, BLUE STEEL strikes a wry but appreciative tone. 
The scenography is at once jarring and romantic, with iridescent blue walls throughout the ground floor exhibition space, and a more elegant, languid approach to the mezzanine apartment space. These two iterations help to reveal the duality of these metals, namely that they are both striking and poetic, imposing yet delicate.

CAPSULE PLAZA, MILAN

4. 2024

Aluminum formwork (“AL – FORM”) is used to create various types of concrete structures for architectural framing. Inspired by the cycle process of ‘Production – Rental – Repair – Dissolution – Reproduction’, niceworkshop designed FORMAT’s aluminum formwork as part of its new furniture series.

‘AL – FORM’ used at construction sites are often reused after removing surface concrete debris through ‘Shot blasting’ and ‘Flattening’ process. A concrete texture is formed on the surface of the reused ‘AL – FORM’ due to pouring and curing, traces of the concrete become darker with repeated work. Through this collaborative effort, we introduce the 'Aged Form Line', which captures the enduring texture of concrete on the surface even after the repair process, and the 'New Form Line', which employs new materials reproduced through a recycling process. 

EXHIBITION