Within the works of Antwerp-based studio, Destroyers/Builders, an interaction between the furniture pieces exists in an overarching inspiration; found in architectural elements, materials or building techniques.
Within the works of Destroyers/Builders an interaction between the furniture pieces exists in an overarching inspiration; found in architectural elements, materials or building techniques.
Linde Freya Tangelder, the studio's founder, strives for sensory relevance and cultural value in detail and on a larger scale. The works have a sculptural and architectural character and balance between contemporary and traditional elements. Inspired by architectural shapes, the furniture pieces highlight the field between industry and humans through diverse materials. Constructions are scaled to human sizes, and translations result in sculptural gestures. Both low and high-end materials get re-valued, reconsidered and transformed. The interventions and finishes by hand give these architectural objects a tactile aspect. The contrast in materials, the touch ability, and the human traces that are still visible in the object explain the method of Destroyers/Builders.
The urge to situate the works in a spatial context, in which the specific architectural space will start a dialogue with the objects therein, is a main focus of the studio. Integrations and relations between the context and the work, whether it is a sculpture, a furniture piece or an architectural fragment, result into inseparable connections between the disciplines.
Destroyers/Builders takes on projects that range from commissions to self-initiated projects, and extend across the realms of both architectural furniture and interior projects. The practice was founded in 2014 and is Antwerp based.
The project is the result of a collaboration between Linde Freya Tangelder, Carwan Gallery and IN Residence under the cultural patronage of Cassina. It features the publication of the designer’s first illustrated monographic book, written by Barbara Brondi and Marco Rainò and published by NERO Editions, and is presented alongside the designer’s body of work conceived in Turin during the residency program together with her first product designed for Cassina in a solo show at Carwan Gallery.