Coates of Arms

04.06.2011

ART & DESIGN

"Creatures White Famiglia"

Creatures-White-Famiglia

"Creatures White Famiglia"

"Body Zone Millennium Dome 2000"

Body Zone Millennium Dome 2000

"Body Zone Millennium Dome 2000"

"Baroccabilly" Nigel Coates Credit: Susan-Smart Photography

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"Baroccabilly" Nigel Coates Credit: Susan-Smart Photography

"Baroccabilly" Nigel Coates Credit: Susan-Smart Photography

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"Baroccabilly" Nigel Coates Credit: Susan-Smart Photography

"Baroccabilly" Nigel Coates Credit: Susan-Smart Photography

"Baroccabilly" Nigel Coates Credit: Susan-Smart Photography

"Baroccabilly" Nigel Coates Credit: Susan-Smart Photography

From Caffe Bongo in Tokyo to the National Centre for Popular Music, London-based architect and designer Nigel Coates has created an impressive body of work characterized by his subversive spirit.

“Subversion is a real power tool,” he said. “I’ve used it since adolescence, and now, hopefully with more skill and maturity. I want my work to unsettle and seduce simultaneously, to get through to our vulnerable side with a below-the-belt beauty, and for that you first have to have a clear idea about what you are dismantling.”

He favors pairing contrasting points of culture in his subject matter. For Barroccabilly, an exhibition last year at the London Design Festival, he infused Baroque styling with rockabilly swagger. “I was looking for a vocabulary that would be strictly masculine but with a sexy boudoir-ish quality at the same time,” he said. “The sofa and chair stemmed from the classic aviator sunglasses, which are themselves a fusion of protection and seduction.”

To achieve his results he relies on a mix of sketching, computer modeling and plain-old playschool experimention to develop ideas. “Design is a process with flashes of inspiration that occur along the way. It helps to find out whether the hunch stacks up. I constantly move the goal posts, test the object from all angles, and alternately enrich and simplify as I go.” Up next for the prolific designer, whose work has been shown in the Tate among other prestigious institutions, are limited edition furniture pieces, two lighting collections in Milan and a book. (nigelcoates.com)

  • http://www.facebook.com/AhyashCoutour Steven Ova

    music is art as hip hop is the music that feeds me

    i like the modernism and it light fixture looks like something my “autistic eye” would be fixed on all day

  • Anonymous

    neato.

  • Anonymous

    thank for your creativity jay z your website is good.

  • Anonymous

    i watched a video where a kid challenged you to a chess match, i thought that was really cool, he showed you alot of love, he should have a place on this site. He gave me hope for that few minutes that i too might be able to meet you one day….-Rashaud B. Brooklyn

  • http://www.dotauniversalmaphack.com/ Dota Maphack

    Been to a cafe Bongo myself, but not in Tokyo, but in the Congo, where they played Couss couss music all night long… man, don’t get me started!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Crystal-Lovett/100002353683365 Crystal Lovett

    The way i see is soft and a lite small touch very understanding view ART!!!

  • runtunesdemolab.com

    Stars!!

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