Glitch Furniture Carved From Wood

March 13, 2013 | Eugene Reznik

Nothing wrong with this picture here. That’s an actual hand-carved wood cabinet by Italian architect and designer Ferruccio Laviani. The “Good Vibrations” storage unit is a feat of artisanship, a baroque armoire contorted into seamless IRL glitch.

Echoes of faraway places and Oriental elements are glimpsed in the “disorienting” design of this storage unit, which seems to have been “deformed” by a strong jolt or by swaying movements. Although it appears to depart from the aesthetics of the past, in fact it draws upon ancient knowledge in the use of carving and fine wood workmanship.

This might be one of Laviani’s earliest forays with furniture and digital aesthetics, though he has made other pieces before that bridge disparate periods. This sideboard transitions from 18th century Rococo styling at one end to ultramodern clean lines at the other. Kind of reminds of Gaudí’s Sagrada Família which does the reverse and moves from modernist austerity to primordial heaps of rock pilings, and now oddly enough, maybe finally nearing the end of its construction after 130 years with the help of some software.