Tatiane Freitas Meticulously Splices Contemporary Acrylic Elements Onto Traditional Wooden Furniture

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A wooden chair that has broken pieces replaced with acrylic molded to complete the design.

All images © Tatiane Freitas, shared with permission

Hitting peak popularity in the mid-20th century, acrylic furniture—sometimes branded as Lucite—represented a fresh, modern take on traditionally functional objects, from tables to headboards to kitchen chairs. The clear thermoplastic can easily steal the show in a room, drawing attention to its own silhouette and contrasting the furnishings that surround it. São Paulo-based artist Tatiane Freitas taps into the legacy of the material and the relationship between past and present in her ongoing My New Old Series.

Redolent of kintsugi, a Japanese philosophy that embraces breakage and repair as part of the history of objects, Freitas molds strikingly transparent replacements for chair arms, spindles, and seats. The artist “aims to explore the dynamic between the past versus present, old versus young, and how this tension can be presented in a physical state,” she says in a statement. The plastic fits precisely into place and mirrors its wooden counterparts, creating an effect that is both solid and spectral.

Freitas has recently translated her full-size sculptures into miniature versions that appear to float on the wall, several of which are currently on view at Guy Hepner in New York City through the end of this month. You can also find more work on the artist’s website and Instagram.

Two wooden chairs that have broken pieces replaced with acrylic molded to complete the design.

A detail of a wooden chair that has broken pieces replaced with acrylic molded to complete the design.

Two images. On the left, an ornate mirror frame has been partially replaced with a geometric shape of acrylic. On the right, a wooden chair has had a leg and the seat replaced with clear acrylic.

A three-legged wooden table has part of the top and one leg replaced with clear acrylic.

A wooden chair has the seat, part of the back, and one leg replaced with clear acrylic.

Tiny wooden chairs with parts replaced in clear acrylic, installed on a wall.

“The Ripple Effect”

A wooden coffee table with one leg and the top replaced with clear acrylic.

Tiny wooden chairs with parts replaced in clear acrylic, installed on a wall.

“The void created”

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