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  • Catalogue Essay

    “Our obsession is the pursuit of orders that are rigorously modular but wild – almost out of order.  Quasicrystals, a new phase of matter discovered in 1984, represent this kind of material structure that hovers on the edge of falling apart.  They are like crystals in that they are solid, but they also display characteristics of completely disordered media, like a liquid.  They are neither one nor the other.  Unlike a regular crystal, whose molecular pattern is periodic (or repetitive in all directions), the distinctive quality of a quasicrystal is that its structural pattern never repeats the same way twice.  It is endless and uneven, but interestingly, it can be described by the arrangement of a small set of modular parts.  Modularity has long been an animating impulse for architecture, but here it is offered with a  twist: the possibility of having the efficiency of modularity without the stagnation of information that conventional repetition entails.  This prospect has proved rewarding, albeit difficult and a bit scary, for our office.”  (Aranda and Lasch, Tooling, p. 2)

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Unique prototype “Quasi” table

2007
Walnut.
31 1/2 x 99 x 51 in. (80 x 251.5 x 129.5 cm)
Produced by Aranda/Lasch, USA.

Estimate
$45,000 - 55,000 

Sold for $53,800

Design

12 June 2008, 2pm
New York