Mar 22, 2018 / Furniture
RB02 by Johan Viladrich

RB02 is a minimalist bench created by France-based designer Johan Viladrich. The RB02 bench is a brutal assemblage of materials held together with black rubber bands. With this seemingly improvised connection, aluminum plates, steel tubes and stainless steel rods are forming the fundamental structure of a bench. Here, as materials are stacked onto one another, the trace of the maker is absent, shaping and drawing are non-existent. Only a careful selection of materials, finishes and proportions remains, questioning the integrity of the bench as a complete object.

Edited by ToolsGalerie, the RB02 bronze bench is composed of two brushed plates leaning onto three bead blasted and lightly brushed tubes; held together with mirror polished cylinders and natural rubber bands. This radical assemblage is the result of a continuous investigation into rational forms and archetypes. By using industrially produced elements and non-definitive connections, it questions the position of the designer as a maker, and the value usually attached to the trace of the hand. Here, as there is no patina nor welding, no stylizing nor drawing, all marks of the maker have vanished. What remains is the purity of the material, highlighted via different surface treatments, and a rigorous work of proportions.