The sculptural Magistral Cabinet created by New York-based artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz continues the artist’s investigation into the boundaries between functionality and symbolism walking the fine line between art and design.
The cabinet is covered with a protective layer of 80,000 bamboo skewers. A set of concealed doors slide open to reveal its inner mechanisms and each one of its many compartments. The labor-intensive process of placing the bamboo skewers required a team of 12 woodworkers and a total of six weeks to individually hammer each skewer into the previously carved wooden structure. The long, tedious process of the spikes itself is reflected in the cabinet’s strong imposing presence, which invites the viewer to loose his sight in the thousands of points.