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Previously shown at Shanghai 2021.
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As a student Thomas Heatherwick visited an aluminium factory and saw the industrial process of extrusion. What attracted him most were the warped shapes produced when the first section of metal passed through the die, catching unevenly on its surfaces and contorting before becoming perfectly straight.
This led him to develop a concept for seating that could be manufactured using the extrusion process. However, at that time no machine existed that was capable of producing an extruded cross section on this scale.
After 16 years a machine was created in China for manufacturing aerospace components, and the studio had the opportunity to realise its design ideas using the largest extrusion die ever produced.
A limited series of Extrusion pieces were created, and due to retention of the variable and random stages of the extrusion process, each Extrusion was completely unique. The forming die has been retained by Heatherwick Studio, never to be used again.
Extrusions reside in the collections of the Pompidou Centre in Paris and The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pennsylvania, and have be displayed in several international galleries, such as the V&A Museum in London.
55.0 x 75.0 x 360.0 cm (21.7 x 29.5 x 141.7 in)