‘Burning gas shooting through high factory chimneys and large plumes of flames re bursting into the air… As a young kid, Aart was fascinated by the contour of those flames against the evening sky when he drove past thepetrochemical refineries south of Maastricht’. By far the most literal adaptation of the industrial era is Heat Stove 02, although the memory of the flames on top of a chimney also gave impetus to the design of the large blue Flare Stack, which later developed into four variations. The prototype was first presented by invitation from Maarten Baas as part of his Side Show exhibition during the Salone del Mobile 2014. The chandelier was a prominent feature of the small exhibition, its boldness standing in stark contrast to precious objects like the Unimate and Trouble Lights.
Flare Stack stood alongside Heat Stove 01 because the two objects shared a similar monumentality, although the candelabrum makes a more playful statement. Enhanced by its dark blue skin, roughly- welded joints and large bolts, the sheer expressiveness of the object visually claimed the space surrounding it. Exaggeration of size and emphasis of the skin of the object blends the definitions of modern sculpture and architecture into the realm of design. Like the Trouble Light, the Flare Stack gradually grew into a collection in which different materials and sizes were explored. The wooden version of the Flare Stack in made in oak shows great refinement of surface, which emphasizes the geometrical composition of circles and angular bodies.
Through the years the Flare Stack became a real icon for our studio. The object gives a good impression of the work that we made in our studio during a certain period in time. The way of building is still used a lot within other projects. It gave us at the studio a good understanding of how we can build complex shapes with less effort than you would expect from such an object. Just like the Trouble Light series the Flare Stack is constructed in a way that makes it scalable and therefore producible to fit any existing interior. That said the flare stack does feel at its best being a big bulky object claiming its space and the attention of its surrounding.