Commisioners — Kunstfort Vijfhuizen - Haarlem, NL
Year — 2016
PolyLester presents their project titled The Moveables, an interior on wheels designed especially for the historic military engineering hangar of Fort Vijfhuizen – a UNESCO world heritage site and one of forty-two forts in the defense line of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The art centre Kunstfort Vijfhuizen that is located in a large part of the fort commissioned the project.
The Moveables, a collection architectural objects and furniture pieces set on wheels, provides a flexible and multipurpose interior for the culture and arts centre. Allowing a huge variety of configurations, The Moveables invite its proprietors and users to become creatively interactive with the space. By introducing archetypical exhibition elements of white pedestals set in wheels, rather than transforming the historical hangar into a white cube, The Moveables propose a light hearted tongue-in-cheek reference to so many, bland and unremarkable contemporary art and exhibition centers around the world. Suggestive of playful construction games, jigsaw puzzles and computer games such as Tetris, the individual elements can be either grouped together to form new volumes, or can be placed separately within the space, to create a number of functional islands. The yellow details accentuating each of the elements, suggests the idea of a ray of light cast onto the volumes. As such the obscure interior becomes bright through the white objects and highlighted by the yellow details.
An interior that can be shaped to the demands and desires of the moment. The objects can be placed into configurations that can either host events or facilitate an exhibition. Even the six industrial lamps hanging from the ceiling can be adjusted in heights by ways of a simple motorized system.
— July 20, 2020 —
Together with MLA+ Architecture, Planning and Consultancy, PolyLester was invited to design landmark architecture. We were not shortlisted, but got pretty far. Here some results.
— July 8, 2020 —
— June 24, 2020 —
Polyester has completed Aqua Spectra a landscape of water mirrors at the HQ of furniture manufacturer Ahrend (see image) and is currently awaiting proper documentation – for now some images can be found in the site, sop do enjoy.
— January 10, 2020 —
Some catching up to for 2020. last year was spend wining lost of competitions and some are even soon to be delivered. To start with the last thing we won: Parade a wall with approx 600 3D shapes of fossil fish swimming in a school. each fish has a reflecting eye, forming a starry ensemble of playful dots.
— March 6, 2019 —
— November 26, 2018 —
Our founder Gabriel was recently interviewed by Unseen about a day in the studio, check out the article here
— November 5, 2018 —
During the display of ‘Void Non-Void’ at NDSM in Amsterdam, Gabriel Lester used the hip-hop culture inspired installation as a set for Yung Internet’s new video Binnen. Check out this article to find out more!
— October 15, 2018 —
Gabriel Lester work to be featured at Paris International, check it out!
— October 11, 2018 —
Our piece ‘Neck of the Woods’ was recently exhibited at Lek Art, we hope you enjoyed it!
— October 1, 2018 —
The Conditioning (2018), our latest site-specific installation for the Busan Biennale pursues a more sober but no less immersive critique of architectural space, and politics. Read More.
— September 24, 2018 —
New piece Trek, an artwork about the politics of migration was installed last Saturday for the South London Gallery on Pelican Estate. “When seen from the block above this group of sculptures, coloured to resemble birds of paradise, are designed to appear as if they are being blown in the wind. From the ground they will look like foreign bodies in motion, alien newcomers passing through the Pelican Estate”
Read about the piece HERE Installed 15/09/18
— April 3, 2018 —
One of our latest projects Void-Non-Void is featured on Designboom.
Read the full article HERE.
PolyLester – established by Gabriel Lester in 2013 – is a studio focusing on art, public sculptures, architectural interventions, landscape, interior design, stage design etc etc.
Featuring commissioned artworks and designs by Gabriel Lester since 2001, as well as an array of collaborations with a.o. Martine Vledder, Arnaud Hendrickx, Jennifer Tee, Richard Niessen, Koen van Velsen architecten, Irma Boom, KRFT, URA, Hangmen, Hella Jongerius, Rem Koolhaas (OMA), Barcode Architects, Monadnock, BeauArchitects, Auguste van Oppen
Based in Amsterdam, available in the rest of the world.
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