Tim Teven Explores the Art of Metal Deformation


The word deformation may have a slight negative connotation to it, but by definition it simply means to distort the shape or form of something. As a designer and artist, Tim Teven takes a hands-on approach to his work, trialing with different techniques and mechanical actions to misshape metal and push the boundaries of its materiality. Using sheets and tubes of metal, he has discovered new ways to work with the material and its properties, which has recently resulted in the Tube Collection.

angled down shot of metal square tube low table

Photo: Pierre Castignola

The series consists of a variety of tables, chairs, stools, benches, vases, and shelves that highlight the malleability of metal. Teven deforms the metal carefully, bending and twisting it until it reaches its final form. There is a mix of calculated precision, as seen in the seating designs for example, and spontaneous outcomes found in the folds of the vases. Every curve and bend is a blend of technical exploration and artistic expression. Through his avant garde experimentations, Teven has uncovered new processing systems to work with the ubiquitous material, creating a self-made aesthetic unlike anything we’ve seen before.

closeup of leg of metal square tube low table

Photo: Pierre Castignola

angled shot of square metal tube chair

Photo: Pierre Castignola

back angled shot of square metal tube chair

Photo: Pierre Castignola

closeup back shot of square metal tube chair

Photo: Pierre Castignola

angled shot of iridescent metal shelf

Photo: Pierre Castignola

closeup angled shot of iridescent metal shelf

Photo: Pierre Castignola

angled view of metal stand with TV attached

Photo: Pierre Castignola

The Tube Collection shown as part of Tim Teven’s Soft Formation exhibition at the Atelier Ecru Gallery:

metal coffee table, tv stand, and bench in a room with glass doors

bent metal chair and coffee table in room with glass windows and doors

metal coffee table, tv stand, and bench in a room with glass doors

orange metal benches next to a wall mounted metal shelf in a kitchen

bent metal bench and wall mounted metal shelf

bent metal chair

mirror with vinyl lettering that says soft formation

Tim Teven recently showcased the Tube Collection at his solo show with Atelier Ecru Gallery. To learn more about his explorations in metal deformation, visit timteven.com or atelierecru.com.

Photography by Tijs Vervecken, unless otherwise noted.





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