Company

Apparatus is a New York based interdisciplinary design studio that explores the relationship of lighting, furniture and objects in their environments. Predicated on the modernist principle of Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art, fully articulated collections reveal each piece as an artifact from a singular vision - each imprint referencing the historical and cultural mood summoned by a holistic emotional landscape.

Apparatus creates each piece with a devotion to the rigor of small studio craftsmanship, centering the importance of the human hand in lending soul to an object. Sensual materials such as marble, suede, horsehair, lacquer and porcelain are combined with patinated brass to create the studio’s distinctive catalog. Underpinning every piece, whether it be a light fixture or a chair, is a deft balance between mechanization and the hand-made, striving equally for the contradictions of perfection and the beautiful irregularity of humanity.

Apparatus Galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and Milan each communicate the studio’s singular design ethos while also providing a distinctive, immersive experience informed by its location. The studio was founded in 2012 by Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson. In 2021, the studio expanded its production to a dedicated factory in Brooklyn, where all pieces are hand-finished and assembled.

Artistic Direction

I approach the work of the studio with the belief that objects are accessories to the human experience and enrich the way we live. My aim is to create work that leaves an emotional imprint, drawing on the language of seduction and sensuality to leave you with the desire to touch.

To summon a mood, my process begins by imagining a complete world - sometimes referencing temporal, cultural and historical touchstones and sometimes simply trying to capture an emotion. The objects we make become tangible artifacts of these worlds and are an invitation for you to join.

To me, this relationship between material, form and craft accesses what it means to be human. I approach each piece knowing that it will move through many minds and hands in its creation, and that it will be infused with energy and soul. I also know the pieces will then move on and adapt to novel environments and new lives. It is in my trust in the creative process and the subsequent relinquishing that I find joy and possibility.

-Gabriel