Julien Carretero, ‘Contrast, #5’, 2013, Victor Hunt Designart Dealer

Contrast explores the inherent physical characteristics within various metals such as bronze, copper, brass, aluminum, carbon or stainless steel. It is a play on weights, colours, textures and light using industrially produced pipes as raw material. A simple plane cut is processed in order to convert these elementary industrial supplies into different lighting object typologies. These either CNC-milled, laser-cut or crafted openings reveal the insides of the pipes in opposition to their outsides. The tension created is reinforced through the use of numerous surface treatments ranging from industrial ones such as lacquering, anodizing, polishing and brushing to crafted patinas and natural oxidations.

About Julien Carretero

Julien Carretero breaks the mold with his designs for furniture and household products, inventing and experimenting with new casting techniques. To create the undulating biomorphic forms of his “To Be Continued” benches, Carretero used a single mold to cast slices of the furniture in different colors—the mold mutates with each casting, allowing the composite to determine its own irregular shape. Always seeking new expressive means for traditional materials, for his “Stencil” line Carretero used an intensely heat-resistant fabric to craft molds for aluminum lamps and tables.

French, b. 1983, based in Brussels, Belgium