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Off the Grid by François Chambard and Frederick McSwain

A recent show at Gallery R’Pure in New York explored the meaning of life ‘off the grid’ for the urban explorer. While Off the Grid is nomadic by nature, a cohesiveness in color, materials, and aesthetics brings together complimentary pieces from two designers. François Chambard and Frederick McSwain designed their respective pieces independently while maintaining an ongoing conversation about the dual notions of ‘off the grid.’ Symbolizing both a method of design and the concept of stepping outside of an organized society, a camping theme provided the basis for their exploration.

Updating the typical ‘great outdoors’ palette of olives, browns, and grays to brightly hued reds and blues is an instant indicator the pieces are more attuned to a city adventurer. A generous use of color-infused anodized steel and aluminum offers a weighty counterbalance to the bright disposition of the items, and gives them a monumental weight. While you’re not likely to carry them along on your next hike, we can easily see these cheerful pieces the highlight of a domestic camp destination in any city.

The works popped in front of a textile wall woven of HDPE fire-resistant fabric by artist Elodie Blanchard. © Francis Dzikowski/Esto.

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