As each of us seeks physical perfection, the cult of the body has become one of the challenges of our time. In the near future, our progress in biotechnology will render these efforts superfluous, turning our exercise equipment into artefacts. To highlight this idea, the Olympia collection consists of a trio of barbells, push-up bars, and two-hand dumbbells. Their formal physical language is reminiscent of an architectural one and they are realised in steel and a lacquered finish. When not in use, these weights take on a new function and become sculptures for your home.
Created by industrial designer Ulysse Martel and architect Candice Blanc for NOV Gallery, the French duo’s Olympia collection offers a minimalist sensibility that lies within its form. It features beautiful combinations of geometric shapes, which are predominantly cylindrical and look as if they may slide out of position at any moment. It’s an interesting approach to the aesthetic design, and certainly offers a wonderful balance of form and function.
Olympia is one design of a collection of objects for NOV Gallery‘s Future Artefact exhibition.
For cultural artefacts such as tools, receptacles, or figurines that have served as evidence of a period or a civilisation, customs, or rituals, today’s artefacts provide clues as to the evolution of our lifestyles, craftsmanship, and our usage of new tools.
Historically, for most objets trouvés, it was the function that often dictated its form. A notion that was sure to disappear in the 50s when designers took an active role in product design. The thorough examination of end-use and current technological advances gave designers much freedom in deciding on new shapes, materials, and usage of new product designs. Even going as far as diverting objects and materials from their primary functions and inserting them into different contexts and thereby reinventing usage. Designers became the creators of artefacts.