This week, New York-based Rich Brilliant Willing debut a collection of limited edition work, entitled Pro Forma, at Chicago's event-based design gallery Volume.
The title translates roughly to "for the sake of form," describing the designers' formal exploration of the economical geometry of air shipping containers, which are chamfered at the nose to fit into the fuselage. RBW transforms this property into a vocabulary for the design of familiar domestic furnishings: a credenza, coffee table, bookshelf, side table, and bar cabinet. Built from materials suited to steamer trunks, the pieces in the collection draws a poetic line from a seldom seen icon of globalization to the "transient nature in the contemporary idea of home."
The show opens in Chicago this Friday at 6pm and runs through April 3, 2011. The exact location will be announced on the Volume website soon.
Rich Brilliant Willing will also be designing our inaugural Core77 Design Awards trophy. A few more images follow the jump. Read the full release here.