Drawing inspiration from Brutalist architecture, BLOCK 01 juxtaposes its monolithic form and rigid geometry with the ethereal qualities of lightness and transparency inherent in clear acrylic, to create a versatile piece of furniture that can be used as a stool, side table, or object d’art for any home. Its multi-functionality ensures that it can adapt to various roles, from providing extra seating to serving as a convenient surface for everyday items. The piece explores the concept of transparency through its material meaning and viewer expectation. The cylindrical legs are arranged in a quincunx pattern, structurally offering the optimal balanced weight distribution and representing harmony. The work creates a sense of mass through the repetition of clear elements, a layered transparency creating a paradoxical visual experience that challenges the viewer’s perception of solidity and fragility.
Founded by Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft, Polymetis is an art and architecture studio based in Toronto. Polymetis borrows its moniker from a 1755 book; the name roughly translates to “many trades”. This nomenclature is emblematic of their approach, which they conscientiously incorporate into each project. As partners in both life and work, they come together to develop site-specific art, often at the scale of architecture.
Working at the intersection between these traditional disciplines, each project is approached with an awareness of the influences that create our surrounding environment and how those forces may be constructed or controlled to reveal a familiar territory or space from an unusual perspective. The studio's projects focus on experimental production which is core to the work’s ethos.
This year two of their sculptural public artworks that have been featured in DesignLines, Canadian Architect, and Interior Design Magazine.