Architect Ma Yansong, founder of MAD Architect has designed a range of sci-fi-inspired art furniture, designed to be used when humans colonize Mars. The MAD Martian collection, designed for Beijing-based Gallery ALL.
The furniture design collection comprises five pieces: a dining table, a chaise lounge chair, a candelabra, floor-to-ceiling suspension lights, and a console table, it is the result of a two-year research and design development process.
The MAD Martian Collection began with a question “What happens after human beings move to mars? This naturally led to more questions, such as: Once survival is assured, what memory of Earth, or love for their new home, would these interplanetary colonizers recreate first? ”
“I have never been to the Mars…what will we discover when we get there? A red landscape, quiet horizon, frozen glaciers? Probably all is as beautiful, in its own way, as the Earth was thousands of years ago. I want to bring to Mars the Earth landscape, as I imagined it, in my room as a child,” states Ma Yansong.
The MAD Martian modern furniture expands upon the design language of the popular science fiction of the 20th Century. Traces of the 1960s Space Race aesthetic are visible in the suspension lights, whereas the candelabras take their cues from speculations on the “home” of the distant future.
As the collection emerged, it was decided that it would be finished in a fluid, highly-reflective metallic skin, suggesting an inherent ability of the pieces to respond to the interior design changing environments while expressing a nostalgia for utility and human culture.
“Sometimes I think Ma Yansong can talk to aliens. His architectural works are breathtakingly avant-garde in some way that makes the audience feel they stepped into another world. I challenged him to design a living space for Martians,” comments Wang Yu, co-founder of Gallery ALL.
Source: Gallery All