Apparatrum offers an in-depth insight into the idiosyncratic influences and inspirations behind the creativity of Love Hultén, renowned audiovisual artist and woodworker extraordinaire. Describing his work as ‘custom alientech’ and ‘craftporn’, Hultén transcends the boundaries of conventional design to create exceptionally weird and wonderful synthesizers, sound sculptures and videogame consoles. Almost a decade after going viral with R-Kaid-R, a small wooden box that flips open to reveal a portable arcade machine with 10,000 games, Hultén has taken the world by storm with his bespoke handcrafted designs. Merging hand-hewn carpentry and modern electronics, he combines unexpected elements to present us with an alternative reality through his captivatingly high-concept objects. From fake eyeballs and chattering teeth to cacti and dancing crabs, Hultén’s playfully subversive and humorous contraptions turn our conception of how we interact with machines on its head.
This extensive overview of Hultén’s work celebrates a decade of his creative output, while also revealing the technical detail and inspiration behind his astounding craft. Each piece is accompanied by an observation by Hultén that reveals his visionary design process and eclectic influences, from retrofuturism and science fiction to Dieter Rams and mid-century design. Featuring case studies of his best-known works, as well as a personal biography, studio tour and behind-the-scenes sketches and photographs illustrating his secretive working process, this is an exclusive must-have glimpse into the world of Love Hultén.
Specification290 × 220mm
Tipped-on cover image
Printing in 5 colours
Multiple paper stocks