Charles Kalpakian

Six Degrees of Separation

11.04.2017 - 13.05.2017

Six degrees of separation is the idea that all living things and everything else in the world is six or fewer steps away from each other, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.

Charles Kalpakian’s new collection approaches the concept of ‘6 degrees of separation’ through various frameworks. Most notably, he works towards mirroring human interrelations through the aesthetic components of his objects. Intertwining tubular forms intersect to create layers and planes that allude to networks created by societies.

Delving further into the theoretical aspect of Kalpakian’s series, one can take note of the Constructivist, Monumentalist, and Brutalist inspiration that the aesthetics of the pieces derive from. Kalpakian incites the viewer to draw parallels between seemingly di erent yet largely interconnected elds that are embodied in his pieces. Here the designer embarks on a broader dialogue on the discipline of product design and how the phenomena of interconnectivity can reveal various pathways in its evolution.

Charles conceived an extensive lineup of objects that re ect this approach, presented here is a pair of side tables, mirrored console, two sets of wall appliqués and a desk/console. Imbedded with the spirit of Eduardo Chillida this highly sculptural collection brings together a myriad of wood nishings into a uni ed landscape. e de ned contours of the collection fuse in a harmonious geometry, enhanced by the contrast of colours and textures. e modularity of each piece allows for custom made compositions and can complement any choice of materials.