The Triple Folly recounts the rich collaboration between artist Thomas Demand, architects Caruso St John, and textile makers Kvadrat which produced an astonishing new pavilion for Kvadrat’s Ebeltoft campus. The basis of the building is three found paper objects – a legal pad, a paper plate, and a soda jerk hat – which Demand brought to Caruso St John with the simple question ‘Can you make this into architecture?’ In response, the architects created a sculptural tripartite folly, a kind of inhabitable still life poised on the area’s rolling seaside hillocks, encompassing a meeting room, a kitchen, and a flexible living space which holds an artwork by the artist Rosemarie Trockel.
Inspired by Kvadrat’s role as a celebrated textile producer, Demand initially pursued the idea of the tent as an archetypal structure across contexts of leisure and shelter, simplicity and grandeur. Translating these concepts into his own artistic idiom of paper, he tasked Caruso St John with materialising this lightness of form, with a touch of his distinctive, duplicitous whimsy. The final building, completed in September 2022, achieves this through a harmonious sequence of steel and fibreglass structures which create their environments through the fall of light and shadow, textured opacity and welcoming transparency.
This comprehensive three-volume publication presents the evolution of the pavilion’s conception and construction through this meeting of disciplines. Thomas Demand’s original development sketchbooks are presented in facsimile across two extensive volumes. A third volume presents images of the completed buildings alongside con-versations with Frank Gehry, Denise Scott Brown, Adam Caruso, Valerie Verhack, Anders Byriel, and Emilie Appercé.
3 volumes housed in an embossed linen slipcase, 31 x 23.7cm
Volume 1: Silkscreen printed buckram hardcover, 168 pages Japanese fold with 9 pieces of ephemera glued in by hand
Volume 2: Silkscreen printed buckram hardcover, 160 pages Japanese fold with 11 pieces of ephemera glued in by hand
Volume 3: Embossed linen hardcover with tipped-in image, 72 pages
€300 £250 $325