TISS-TISS by AKI AND ARNAUD COOREN
CARPENTERS WORKSHOP GALLERY, LONDON
Carpenters Workshop Gallery presents Tiss-Tiss, a new collection of award-winning collectible design by Aki + Arnaud Cooren. The French-Japanese duo have a cross disciplinary approach, fusing notions of traditional handwoven textiles with aluminium in a minimalist design aesthetic. Tiss-Tiss marks their first solo show in the UK and features a selection of nine works, of which eight are new, including chairs, a dining table, bedside tables, stools, a bench and lamps.
Each work exposes a relief of fabric on the surface and sewn stitch imprints on the edges which are cast in aluminium. They capture a moment in time during which the linen fabric was carefully laid out and emphasise the beauty of traditional hand-weaving techniques and resulting irregularity. The fluid impression of the textile imprint is juxtaposed to the architectonic, self-supporting structure of the rigid aluminium plates.
Aki and Arnaud developed a special manufacturing process which incorporates the process of sand-casting to achieve the appearance of intricate, handmade detail on the object’s surface. They mould a silicone duplicate of an original cardboard and linen master model, which they then sand-cast in aluminium, and dye blue, black or green. The duo experimented with this technique already in 2017 when their first Tiss-Tiss low chair which was awarded the Liliane Bettencourt Prize for l’intelligence de la main (the intelligence of the hand). It took them almost four years to develop the process, further resulting in a large amount of works which complete the Tiss-Tiss collection. The exhibition at Carpenters Workshop Gallery will allude to the process as the works will be displayed on a bed of sand.