Between art and design, ‘Moon Rock’ by London-based practice Studio Furthermore is a collection of interior objects made from aluminum, that aim to look like they are formed from a rare material found in outer space. This latest work is a speculative exploration of the abundant material resources beyond our own planet. The story of human evolution is that of materiality itself and a deep held drive to shape and reconstruct our surroundings. All that lies in reach is subjected to human activity. However, this processing has undergone a seismic shift within the last century or so and a vast acceleration in activity has caused a necessary reassessment of our material habits. The mid twentieth century era witnessed an incredible material wealth at a time were abundance fuelled cultural optimism. Today, in contrast, we find ourselves at something of a crisis point. Scarcity is slowly but surely becoming our cultural bedrock. For this work Studio Furthermore project themselves forward a few years into the not so distant future. The designers consider mineral rich moon rock to be their material of choice.
Rarest of rocks here on Earth and with a countable total of only 382 kilogrammes, it was brought back by just a few successful space missions some fifty years ago. The designers speculate how this all changes once industrial activities expand out towards the direction of the stars. Moon Rock includes lunar cut mineral tables of various sizes as well as lighting and seating. Some items combine and contrast earth and moon rocks. Each piece is a hand made studio edition with characteristic metallic pattenation.