A timeless ruin by Nicholas Préaud & Manuel Cervantes
‘A Timeless gelding’ is a delicate permeable structure designed by Nicholas Preaud and Manuel Cervantes. The carefully crafted silhouette is articulated by wooden beams and plates gently touching each other, creating an interdependent system that takes the form of an inverted pyramid. The resulting project explores the boundaries between the real and digital worlds, while simultaneously achieving a coexistence of artificial and natural.
With loose white fabric, the duo covered some of the cavities created by the wooden skeleton, adding an ethereal touch to the otherwise still structure. The rags dance with the wind and exhale a serene melody. The entire structure disappears into its lush surroundings while protecting a water source at its core. Inspired by Mayan pyramids and Indian stepwells, the project is an essay on the life of a man-made structure in the absence of human presence.
illustrations by Francisco Silva and Barbara Stallone
‘defined by the absence of human presence’
‘A Timeless Ruin’ is on display as part of the Design Capsule Exhibition organized by Elle Decoration France (more here) at the Hôtel de Soubise during Paris Design Week (more here), and then auctioned on Super Rare (found here) as a one-to-one NFT. In addition to the physical wooden model, the piece includes a short film and hand-drawn illustrations of the project.
‘A timeless ruin. Ruins inform us about the past and its opportunities for the future. Ruins are defined by human care and presence that no longer exists; through the slow but vigorous work of time passing. The life of this structure is defined by the absence of human presence and is an ode and monument to the invisibility and beauty of moving air. Nostalgia for the absence of an indefinite presence is soon replaced by a sense of hope, hope for a new, brighter beginning. A flower of wind and wood, the elements from which it springs,’ shares the duo — Nicholas Preaud (here) and Manuel Cervantes (here).
wooden frame made of beams and plates
protecting a water source at the core
the sun’s rays fall on the wooden surfaces and enliven the structure
name: A timeless ruin
designers: Nicholas Preaud | @nicholaspreaud and Manuel Cervantes | @manuelcervantes
music and sound design: Arnaud Pujol @septiememusic
illustrations: Francisco Silva and Barbara Stallone
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Sep 10, 2022