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Fool's Gold for The Alchemists | 2015

A cabinet that plays with the material perception

Inspired by the laminates used by creators of the Alchimia group in the late 1970’s, Lanzavecchia + Wai appropriates this approach to gold-chrome car wrap, and volumes of rudimentary function constructed out of corrugated steel sheets. This is done to purposefully increase their value perception, while concurrently revealing its actual humble materiality.

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The corrugated property not only gives the metal sheet its structural strength, but also maximizes surface area for car wrap application, thereby having more “value” than a regular steel sheet. It is within this conceptual and aesthetic tension that this object dwells.

This concept riffs off the prevailing trend in car-wrapping culture, covering up the panels of stock paint with swathes of chrome colour vinyl as the owner fancies; more often than not resulting in a veritable mobile Pop-Art sculpture.
Material: Chrome Car Wrap Vinyl, Galvanized Corrugated Steel.

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