Anton Alvarez is the mind behind art furniture that is wrapped up in a thread to create a colorful and unusual setting. It’s truly an original idea.
Currently Stockholm based Swedish-Chilean Anton Alvarez is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art. Alvarez originally studied cabinet making before completing an Interior Architecture and Furniture Design course at Konstfack. Alvarez’s work focuses on the design of systems and the creation of tools and processes for producing products, objects, and architecture. Alvarez work has been exhibited internationally including solo shows at Salon94 in New York, Xue Xue institute in Taipei and Gallery Libby Sellers in London.
Threads and glue replace joints and screws in the furniture that emerges from a custom-made machine specialist at wrapping up the designer creations. The Thread Wrapping Machine creates objects by binding components in hundreds of meters of thread while coating them in glue. Pieces of material such as wood, steel or plastic are passed through the machine as it spins round, controlled by a foot pedal. The technique is adding parts through the whole process to create the desired figure by adding legs, or whatever you may want.
Varying the color and type of thread used creates different patterns around the final objects, that turn out colorful masterpieces like chairs, stools, benches, lamps.
Anton says: “I have full control over the development of the machine,” explaining that the set-up allows him to be independent of the industry as well as from tradition. “I can freely experiment and develop it according to what I discover are my needs in this new craft,”