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Geenen + Hoon at Aram Gallery

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Curated by Héloise Park at the Aram Gallery, the Geenen & Hoon exhibition brings together two young furniture makers who approach design through structure—but from opposite ends of the nature-nurture spectrum. It is a good-looking show filled with the artifacts capable of depicting the design process succinctly: sketches, models, maquettes, prototypes and even machine-like molds.

“I’m not just making up shapes. I’m letting the shapes be defined by natural forces,” explains Bram Geenen, a graduate of Utrecht’s HKU who is now based in Amsterdam. Geenen often works in collaboration with tech companies and begins by repurposing their cutting-edge production techniques or materials, but winds up with organic forms derived from physics and the properties of his materials and “better, stronger, lighter, more sustainable products,” he says. “Today any shape you can imagine, you can build. It forces me to be very careful and honest in choosing my forms.”

London-based Il Hoon Roh, trained at the Architectural Association and as a product designer at the Royal College of Art, works from the point-of-view of nature and ends up with extraordinary machines that produce elastically oozing forms. His table on show has aesthetic qualities but its form actually illustrates how forces flow from the table top to the ground, he says. “The forms of nature are not accidental at all. The organic beauty is there for a reason.”

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  The show was filled with artifacts detailing the design process of both men.  Photo by: Shonquis Moreno
    The show was filled with artifacts detailing the design process of both men.

    Photo by: Shonquis Moreno

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  Models for chairs by Bram Geenen.  Photo by: Shonquis Moreno
    Models for chairs by Bram Geenen.

    Photo by: Shonquis Moreno

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  A mock-up of a stool by Geenen.  Photo by: Shonquis Moreno
    A mock-up of a stool by Geenen.

    Photo by: Shonquis Moreno

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  Components and experiments that would eventually become Il Hoon’s pendant lamp.  Photo by: Shonquis Moreno
    Components and experiments that would eventually become Il Hoon’s pendant lamp.

    Photo by: Shonquis Moreno

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  By pulling a vertical bar at the center of Il Hoon’s lamp, the user can alter the direction of the light to make it more diffuse or directed.  Photo by: Shonquis Moreno
    By pulling a vertical bar at the center of Il Hoon’s lamp, the user can alter the direction of the light to make it more diffuse or directed.

    Photo by: Shonquis Moreno

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  A coffee table designed by Il Hoon beside the machine-like mold used to create its elastic forms.  Photo by: Shonquis Moreno
    A coffee table designed by Il Hoon beside the machine-like mold used to create its elastic forms.

    Photo by: Shonquis Moreno

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  Here's a detail of the form used to shape the oozing top and legs of Il Hoon’s coffee table. The shape of the table actually illustrates the nature of the forces acting on its surfaces.  Photo by: Shonquis Moreno
    Here's a detail of the form used to shape the oozing top and legs of Il Hoon’s coffee table. The shape of the table actually illustrates the nature of the forces acting on its surfaces.

    Photo by: Shonquis Moreno

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  More experiments into form and physics by Bram Geenen.  Photo by: Shonquis Moreno
    More experiments into form and physics by Bram Geenen.

    Photo by: Shonquis Moreno

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  Geenen isn’t just “making up shapes.” He is choosing forms deliberately, and they often articulate the physics that is invisible to the naked eye.  Photo by: Shonquis Moreno
    Geenen isn’t just “making up shapes.” He is choosing forms deliberately, and they often articulate the physics that is invisible to the naked eye.

    Photo by: Shonquis Moreno

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  Formal and material experiments, one of which was used to make a ceramic material both stronger and lighter.  Photo by: Shonquis Moreno
    Formal and material experiments, one of which was used to make a ceramic material both stronger and lighter.

    Photo by: Shonquis Moreno

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  A small table by Hoon that allows visitors to see how the finished product was constructed from molded parts.  Photo by: Shonquis Moreno
    A small table by Hoon that allows visitors to see how the finished product was constructed from molded parts.

    Photo by: Shonquis Moreno

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  In nature, form follows function naturally, which is Hoon’s preoccupation in the series of tabletops shown at the Aram Gallery.Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!   Photo by: Shonquis Moreno
    In nature, form follows function naturally, which is Hoon’s preoccupation in the series of tabletops shown at the Aram Gallery.

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