Part-way between sculpture and furniture, RAILS is a modular concept designed by Gwendoline Porte, inspired by the form of railway tracks and the concept of ‘journey’. Porte conceived the system when she worked on a fictive redesign of Fulham Broadway Station’s old Edwardian ticket hall during her studies at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, London.
This first collection of functional sculptures are playful, graphic and ergonomic. Each hollow structure is made from plywood and built as a boat hull, resulting in a surprisingly lightweight (less than 10kg), easy-to-handle feel.
They can be stacked on top of one another to form a column, multiplied to form a hexagonal, or separated to become a stool, chair, coffee table or side table. The pieces can lie horizontally or vertically or multiplied to create a bench, wall or a landscape or used simply as a striking standalone art piece within a room.