Fraternal Twins at Moss Gallery, New York 2011

In May 2011, two iconic Zuzunaga designs were included in the exhibition Fraternal Twins at Moss Gallery, New York, an exhibition celebrating ‘genetic’ variance in art and design. The Zuzunaga for Moroso sofa and Zuzunaga Digit 1 rug for Nanimarquina were both displayed as part of the event.

Curator Murray Moss wrote about the exhibition’s origins: “Born a fraternal twin (I have a lovely sister), I’ve naturally always been fascinated by the phenomena-and definition-of duplication; a person born in my circumstances is, in fact, medically referred to as a multiple.”

In our exhibition, Fraternal Twins, we present clocks, tables, chairs, benches, lamps, and vases produced by various designers and artists in their Studios as ‘multiples’-or twins-born ‘fraternal’. Although genetic similarities are apparent, and indeed quite obvious in the serial production of these objects, due to the processes involved and the materials and finishes used there are wide swings in zygosity (the degree of identicalness in the genome of twins). Exact replication, or cloning—long considered the ‘Gold Standard’ for the serial production of fine objects of ‘quality’-is here put aside.

In this exhibition, we celebrate the possibilities of fraternity: brotherhood, but with individuality.