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“Black Gold Bookstand” is part of the “Black Gold” collection that explores unconventional uses of asphalt in objects as well as questions the commodity value of oil. Prototype, limited edition of 6.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Quintus Kropholler incorporates sociological questions about the value of materials in his designs. The “Black Gold” homeware collection (2014–15), which is made of glittering asphalt—a thick form of petroleum mixed with rock fragments—highlights durability as a counter to the contemporary phenomenon of built-in obsolescence. The artist mixes “recycled road” with other materials and casts it in steel molds to form various objects, including a concertina divider screen, pyramidal book stand, and hexagonal stool. These pieces may also take on different functions, however, as the user is invited to decide their purpose. The negative slits cut out of the collection’s rectangular bench recall Donald Judd’s minimalist sculptures and furniture.