Audemars Piguet will unveil Sebastian Errazuriz’s “Foundations,” the concluding design in a trilogy of lounge concepts started by the New York-based artist and designer in 2016. The immersive installation will be showcased at the upcoming Art Basel in Hong Kong and will travel to all Art Basel shows in 2018.
Errazuriz’s striking installation suspends hundreds of pieces of 3D-printed, scanned, and hand-moulded rocks from the Vallée de Joux, home of Audemars Piguet in the Swiss Jura Mountains, rotating and moving in perfect synchrony. The design evolves from his previous lounge concepts, and also inspired by two other core natural materials native to the Vallée de Joux — ice (“Ice Cycle,” 2016) and wood (“Second Nature,” 2017). This year's lounge takes the natural element of iron ore as its point of departure, the core material for steel, and also one of the principal resources used by the watchmakers.
The Chilean-born designer says: “The three material elements at the core of the project — ice, water, and this year, iron ore —are all essential elements to Audemars Piguet’s roots. ‘Foundations’ has a multiplicity of meanings. The foundation is where everything begins, where the new time starts, and where energy and movement come alive. It’s also a reference to the founders of Audemars Piguet and the family legacy that is so beautifully kept alive today.”
The installation will be presented in the Collectors Lounge alongside new photographic series, titled “Remains: Vallée de Joux” by London-based, Italian visual artist Quayola.