No keys, strings, steel or horsehair. To play this strange musical instrument called theremin, there's no need for any physical contact at all. Its shape is pretty ordinary – a box and an antenna – re-stylized by François Chambard into 12 models somewhere between sculptures, pieces of furniture and instruments.
Chambard is the founder of Brooklyn-based design studio UM Project and this collection called "The Odd Harmonics" is a collaboration with Butterscotch Records and Moog Music. It's therefore no coincidence that the entire series is designed based on Moog's iconic Etherwave theremin.
From the size of a bread bin to the dimensions of a nightstand, the general aesthetic of "The Odd Harmonics" combines various influences from Bauhaus-Pop to the Memphis movement and Steampunk, all enveloped in a retro 50s atmosphere and an "Industrial Craft" approach. Chambard dubbed it that because each piece is 85% made by hand and the rest via industrial processes.
The result is a collection with colorful and graphic details, able to ferry craftsmanship into the digital era thanks to modern controllers designed especially. Small robots, elegant and friendly, each with its own personality and unique sound.
Photos © Francis Dzikowski, via umproject.com