Xavier Veilhan, ‘Handcrafted Ski Experience’, Armel Soyer
Xavier Veilhan, ‘Handcrafted Ski Experience’, Armel Soyer
Xavier Veilhan, ‘Handcrafted Ski Experience’, Armel Soyer

A set of 12 alpine skis born from the collaboration between Xavier Veilhan and Akonite.

Inside the series the ‘movement’ theme drove the project, and became an inspiration: the dripping – recent work of Xavier Veilhan – composed these twelve skis, each one being a detail of the finale view. Thin black fillets of paint drive the pendulum movement and gives a random experience. Regarding that, Xavier Veilhan says: « painting and its print are coming from the gravity and centrifugal force ».

Akonite realizes a true technical challenge with these skis composed with cellulose fiber, cork and several wood species. It’s a unique ecological creation and exceptional comfort, encouraging speed practice and liberty of movement.

Manufacturer: Akonite

About Xavier Veilhan

Xavier Veilhan’s sculptural interventions are bold and transfixing, while complementing existing architecture and altering how viewers look at their surroundings. His “Architectones” series pays tribute to Kasimir Malevich's “Architectons,” three-dimensional models that blend architecture with philosophy. In “Architectones,” Veilhan installed sculptures in celebrated, modernist homes; each work was unique to the setting and placed in dialogue with the building’s architecture. A sixty-foot bust of Le Corbusier was set atop the architect’s Cité Radieuse in Marseille, for example. Through faceted, distorted shapes, Veilhan’s structures capture energy by revealing the movement surrounding them. In 2009, Veilhan’s work was displayed in the Palace of Versailles and its surrounding gardens, juxtaposing traditional architecture against minimalist, futurist-inspired sculpture, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the former.

French, b. 1963, Lyon, France, based in Paris, France