Video interview

Anton Alvarez's Thread Wrapping Machine


9 October 2012

Earlier this year the designer Anton Alvarez created the Thread Wrapping Machine, a tool that binds pieces of wood into furniture using glue-soaked yarn. Disegno filmed Alvarez in his London studio as he embarked on a new project to to create seating for 180 people at an arts benefit dinner.

Commissioned by Outset, a contemporary art fund, Alvarez has used his machine created a series of stools and benches for the OFT fund: a collaboration between Outset, the Frieze Art Fair and the Tate to buy artworks from emerging artists and donate them to public collections.

Alvarez, who created the machine for the 2012 RCA graduation show, has now produced seating for the OFT fund's benefit dinner, held tonight at the RCA's Sculpture Studios in Battersea. Alvarez's seats are available to purchase from Outset and will also be on sale at House of Voltaire, a pop-up shop from the Studio Voltaire gallery due to launch in November.

In this video, we see Alvarez using the machine to create a yellow and black yarn stool, and speak to him about the project's origins and his future plans to create thread-wrapped architecture.