Christopher Stuart collaborated with artist Julia Dault on The Oracle, a wall sconce for Sight Unseen's exhibition “Field Studies.” Sight Unseen paired thirteen furniture and interior designers with thirteen creatives from the worlds of food, fashion, film, art, and music, inviting each duo to create a collaborative functional object together. The objects were exhibited at OFFSITE, then sold on 1stdibs to benefit the charity of each pair’s choosing. The two worked closely over several months to refine their shared vision of a perfect wall sconce. The Oracle celebrates its materials’ inherent characteristics; as with much of their independent work, those materials seem to direct the object’s form. Dault and Stuart both push against the historical precedent of minimal art and design; both also share an interest in making the intangible, tangible. Human gestures, gravity, and industrial production processes (and their inevitable failures) are among The Oracle’s conceptual underpinnings. The sconce’s soft glow contrasts its mirror polish and pearlescent finish, just as the circle’s curve contrasts the rigid angles of the enclosing square. This balance is a metaphor for both Dault and Stuart’s insistence on uniting form and content, as well as of the collaborative process itself.
Year of Design: 2018
Material: Mirror-Polished Bronze, Pearlized Polyurethane Paint, LED Lighting
Size: W 36" x H 36" x D 7.75"
Limited Edition of 8 + 2 AP + 1 Prototype
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Photography by Jessica Ucul, Courtesy of 1stdibs.