Nothing says luxury in a home or corporate venue quite like a well-chosen piece of art, and the right painting or sculpture can transform the overall look and feel of any room, adding style, sophistication and of course, artistic flair. But while there is a lot to be said for the magic and allure of traditional and more modern artworks, today’s high-net-worth home and business owners are looking for something a little different that will help them to stand out from the crowd.
An evolving design practice, Apical Reform is a collaborative studio that was established in 2011 and has been making waves in the luxury art world ever since – and is only too aware of the increasing demand for the kind of impressive, progressive and fully bespoke pieces that have been taking the world by storm.
Headed up by Amrish Patel and Darshan Soni, the Ahmedabad, India-based studio is at the forefront of art and innovation, showcasing functional, bespoke and architectural masterpieces, parametric design in kinetic art.
And it is these kinetic artworks that are reinventing not just the Indian art market, but making their mark on the international market, too. Combining inspired design with technology and manufacturer – which comprises the highest-quality craftsmanship – its mesmerisingly precise pieces are something very special indeed – and have been attracting the attention of wealthy art collectors and enthusiasts worldwide since their creation.
Two products, in particular, have been gaining particular acclaim.
The Stingray is a breath-taking and majestic piece that aims to portray the harmony between maths, mechanics and electronics, with a state-of-the-art synchronisation portraying the graceful movement of the Stingray fish in the ocean. Creating a breath-taking synergy and immersive, enigmatic experience for viewers, it is both calming and mesmerising to look at – and unlike static art, has the power to sweep you right up into it, seemingly stopping time as it does so.
Featuring 1,335 moving parts in total, this mechanically synchronised piece of kinetic art is a clear example of the expert craftsmanship that Apical Reform is becoming known for, with 144 wings moving in rhythm and clever reflection used to articulate the motion to create a piece that is hard not to be impressed by.
The Tornado is similarly enchanting, though it is impactful in a far more subtle way. Created through the geometrical positioning of metal rings to create a dramatic depiction of light and shade, its smooth revolution and constantly rising illusion are quite frankly hypnotising, creating a show-stopping experience centred around rhythm, illusion and synchronisation.
These thoroughly impressive works would make for show-stopping centrepieces in any luxury home, office or venue, giving residents daily enjoyment and blowing away guests at get-togethers and events, too – so it’s little wonder they have been inspiring such excitement in the art world.
Apical Reform is no stranger to such attention, and has often presented similarly awe-inspiring works of art relying on mechanised movement, exploring the drive towards the mechanisation and scientific knowledge that characterise modern society. Influenced by constructivism, Patel and Soni believe that by embracing the machine, art can integrate itself with everyday life, taking on a newly central role in the societies of future and nature.
“At Apical, we know that a good design is born from a thorough understanding of the materials we are working with, as well as the environment in which the finished piece will sit and its purpose. The core of each piece is the idea, and the vision that comes with it to bring an intangible experience to life,” Patel explains.
“We’re all about experimentation and investigation – making honest inquiries into how each piece we produce could be improved further. At Apical, we believe that design should be visually powerful, intellectually elegant and above all, timeless – and this is exactly what we strive to achieve in every instance. With the right quality of design intervention, even the ordinary can transcend the mundane.”
Over the last ten years, the studio has earned itself a firm foothold in both the Indian and global art markets, and with good reason. Sculptures such as the Atom and The Dream Reality have previously earned it significant attention for its work – and as we move through 2021, we can expect some more impressive creations to emerge over the coming months and beyond.
So, if you’re looking to create an immersive experience in your home, office or anywhere else and favour an exclusive feel that will create lasting memories amongst all who encounter it, then Apical Reform should be your first port of call.