We've seen plenty of furniture with secret features, but none quite like Sebastian Errazuriz's "Explosion Cabinet." Instead of the usual hidden compartments, the Brooklyn-based artist and designer opts for a latent form as opposed to a discreet function. As with past projects such as the spiny shelf and articulating armoire, the new cabinet has a lot of moving parts.The design is based on a simple principle: "Even as Explosion's exterior expands outward, it retains beautiful geometric proportions, using mechanics so complex that they took more than a year to perfect, despite borrowing one of cabinetmaking's oldest tricks, the sliding dovetail."
The "Explosion Cabinet" will be a centerpiece for Errazuriz's forthcoming exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, which has acquired the piece. "Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again," his first solo museum exhibition, opens on September 6.