Part-way between sculpture and furniture, RAILS is a modular concept designed by Gwendoline Porte, inspired by the form of railway tracks and the concept of ‘journey’. Porte conceived the system when she worked on a fictive redesign of Fulham Broadway Station’s old Edwardian ticket hall during her studies at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, London.
These limited edition functional sculptures are playful, graphic and ergonomic. Each hollow structure is made from plywood and built as a boat hull, resulting in a surprisingly lightweight (less than 10kg), easy-to-handle feel. They can be stacked on top of one another to form a column, multiplied to form a hexagonal, or separated to become a stool, chair, coffee table or side table. The pieces can lie horizontally or vertically or multiplied to create a bench, wall or a landscape or used simply as a striking standalone art piece within a room.
Conceived, designed and refined by Porte in London, the first limited edition is available in a range of colours, while finishes include metal brass, lacquer and wood. The patented modules are available in three sizes at standard seating heights: 450, 550 and 750mm. They can be bought individually or in multiples.
Every piece is handcrafted with care in Italy, by specialist metal and wood artisans who blend traditional techniques and innovative technology. Unlacquered, brass pieces are designed to reveal a gentle patina over time. This first collection is designed for indoor use.