Currently Stockholm based Swedish-Chilean Anton Alvarez is a 2012 graduate from the Royal College of Art in London. Alvarez originally studied cabinetmaking before completing an Interior Architecture and Furniture Design course at Konstfack. Alvarez’s work focuses on the design of systems and the creation of tools and processes for designing products, objects and architecture.
Anton Alvarez’s approach combines many different disciplines and his work is seemingly a hybrid between furniture and sculpture. He has invented several machines, one of which uses thread, pigment and glue to bind together materials such as scraps of wood and electrical cords to create piece of furniture. This process allows to incrementally add components to shape objects while making the wrapping process visible through the coloured threads. He created a second machine, which is called the Extruder, and consists of a large metal cylinder supported by a metal base that contorts clay into shapes by applying pressure to the wet material, squeezing it out into shapes. Continuously experimenting and building his own tools and machines, Alvarez aim is to achieve unexpected and unprecedented forms, producing both decorative and functional pieces.
Alvarez work has been presented internationally in numerous solo and group shows including Clay Keramikmuseum Denmark, Middelfart ; Espace Muraille, Geneva; , Gallery Christian Larsen, Stockholm; Christie’s, London; Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala; Xue Xue institute, Taipei; Salon 94, New York, USA ; the National Centre for Craft & Design, Lincolnshire; Design Museum, London; V&A, London.
Anton Alvarez’s work here presented is part of a collection he is designing exclusively for the gallery within a field of research that focuses on the theme of interdisciplinary cross-contamination between architecture and design, and on the deployment of the instruments, methods and materials of traditional workmanship.