This selection of uncanny curio draws inspiration from mundane, everyday functional objects. These forms, viewed in the round, lack orientation, scale or utility. Their smooth and stainless surface belies an enigmatic desire to be touched and played with. These untouchable objects suggest a loneliness; they represent an open invitation to a latent sexuality lost in a rough, barren world.
Rafael de Cárdenas (American, b. 1974) is an architect and designer who lives and works in New York. In 2006 he founded Architecture at Large, a multi-disciplinary practice with offices in New York and London.