The Fractured Collection: Pentatonic x Snarkitecture


Pentatonic presents an imaginative furniture collaboration with New York’s iconic design collaborative Snarkitecture, resulting in ‘Fractured’, a modular and truly unique Table and Bench capsule collection.

Watch the Fractured manifesto, with interviews from Snarkitecture founders, Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen.

  • Given the machined precision of Pentatonic's existing products, we were interested in pushing against that and using the idea of a break or fracture to create a piece that exists between wholeness and separation.

    Alex Mustonen, Co-Founder

This spring, the circular technology and precision engineering of Pentatonic is reimagined by Snarkitecture, resulting in a bench and table combination that both jars and absorbs simultaneously.

Fractured playfully celebrates the extensive modularity of Pentatonic’s AirTool interchangeable kit-of-parts concept, the bench and table pieces are made using only post-consumer waste - drinks cans, computer cases, water bottles and coffee cup lids amongst others.

  • We were very drawn to Pentatonic's mission, especially the idea of using recycled materials to realize our designs in a sustainable manner.

    Daniel Arsham, Co-Founder

As a break from design convention, the question of Fractured’s definition is an intriguing one. Is it whole, or in pieces? Total or ruptured? Is it one bench or two seats? Is it merely all of these things?

Pentatonic's culture of modularity and circular technology passes with thrilling distress through the Snarkitecture filter, transforming a table and bench into furniture puzzles. The theme of separation chimes with Pentatonic's mission to consign disposable, single-use materials to the past in search of a new consumer culture where the tools of our lives are endlessly revivable and environmentally sound.

  • Fractured further demonstrates how, through advanced circular technology, the materials we already have in circulation, can be translated into just about anything that the imagination can conjure up.  And not just once — over and over again.

    Jamie Hall, Co-Founder

Trash Volume per bench:

240 plastic bottles

45 aluminum drinks cans

120 items of food packaging

4 car bumpers

Trash Volume per table:

1290 aluminium drinks cans

140 items of food packaging and coffee cup lids

6 car bumpers