Posted on: December 2nd, 2021
Article by: Mohammed Ayazkhan
Emotional Rock – An installation by Apical Reform has been exhibited at Design Miami – Curio 2021. It is premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating collectible design. Top galleries from around the world gather to present twentieth and twenty-first century furniture, lighting and objects of art.
Design Miami, the annual international design fair, held in Miami, Florida, is a global event of design which exhibits the works of the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in an attempt to celebrate design culture and commerce. Design Miami is a premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating collectible design. Top galleries from around the world gather to present twentieth and twenty-first century furniture, lighting and objects of art. Each show balances exclusive commercial opportunities with progressive cultural programming, creating exciting collaborations with designers and design institutions, panels and lectures with luminaries from the worlds of design, architecture, art and fashion, and unique commissions from the world’s top emerging and established designers and architects.
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Emotions are strong feelings that all living entities experience that shape lives in the world. Emotion in itself houses the extremes of any realm, such as harshness and softness, positive and negative, or good and evil. They are forces capable of impacting individual or collective lives and providing a sense of quality and meaning to existence as no other force can. The installation tries to capture the tremendous power of emotions as powerful forces that mold our thoughts and behavior. The pebble-like forms in the art installation are a representation of our evolved thoughts and perspective of life. It symbolizes the extent to which adversity or bliss can affect our thoughts and perspectives.
Like the process of erosion where the constant wind or water flow can turn the hard jagged rocks into smooth pebbles, powerful emotions also shape our thoughts over time. It also enables us to evaluate our relationship with the world and ourselves and reflect on what is important. The Reflective surface used in the bench represents introspection as a meaningful process that happens within us.
In other words, a crisis of any magnitude brings individuals together in a collective union. It has also made people develop new perspectives, including appreciation towards others and the importance of being connected to people knowing that we cannot survive independently. These ideas have helped people live more consciously with compassion, empathy and an interest in the welfare of society, strengthening humanity and giving a sense of social responsibility. This also extends to behavioral acts of kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity, and in the greater picture, it has made human-kind, kinder.
An evolving design practice, Apical Reform is a collaborative studio established in 2011, led by Amrish Patel and Darshan Soni. As part of a newvanguard of emerging Indian designers, theAhmedabad-based studio is at the intersection of art and innovation, combining design with technology and manufacture. The diverse portfolio that encompasses functional art, bespoke art,
kinetic art, and parametric design reflects the studio’s interest in a continuing journey of experimentation and discovery that is not limited by labels. Our ethos stems from the conviction that design is a powerful, intuitive, and timeless medium that should create authentic, transformative experiences. Our approach is rooted in a thorough understanding of the environment, as well as the material, purpose, and process. At Apical Reform, our abiding curiosity and passion have helped us evolve alongside that which we make.