A one-off aluminium bench, Tuyomyo (Spanish for ‘yours and mine’), designed by Frank Gehry for Emeco will be shown at the Salone del Mobile this week
Frank Gehry’s mandate was simple:’The form has to be free and light. It must be structural, and at the same time poetic. And a little dangerous.’ The final bench features a three-metre hand polished ‘wing’ of offset trapezoids supported by a brushed ‘truss’. It weighs only 55kg.
This large-scale bench is the second time manufacturers Emeco and Gehry have co-operated on a project, the first being the creation of the all-aluminum Superlight chair, launched at the Salone in 2004 and recently accepted into the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent design collection. The new bench will be auctioned in May, proceeds will fund the Leslie Gehry Brenner Award of the Hereditary Disease Foundation (HDF).