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Cabinet, from Engineering Temporality series, 2012

This is a Cabinet. It was designed by Tuomas Markunpoika.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Gallery Fumi and Tuomas Markunpoika as part of Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

It is dated 2012. Its medium is welded and burned steel rings.

As a tribute to his grandmother, who suffered Alzheimer’s disease, the designer explores memory and its loss in this conceptual piece. Using a traditional wooden cabinet, Markunpoika wrapped it in rings of tubular steel and burned away the cabinet. What is left is a blackened shell, empty of any substance—a fragile ghost of its former self.

It is credited Courtesy of Tuomas Markunpoika.

Our curators have highlighted 9 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Cabinet (Italy), 1890–1900
  • joined hardwood, sheet vellum, applied, cut, and molded copper ornaments,....
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1982-22-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 175 × 95 × 50 cm (5 ft. 8 7/8 in. × 37 3/8 in. × 19 11/16 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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