ALU was chosen by Taschen in collaboration with designer Marc Newson for the engineering and production of the custom made tripods that accompanied Annie Leibovitz’s and David Hockney’s limited-edition SUMO sized books.
Taschen’s Sumo books weigh 30kg, are 1000cm x 700cm in size, and sit on an acrylic base.
The Leibovitz’s book tripod was produced in a black color with a red knob (a nod to the design of the famous Manfrotto photographic tripods.); Hockney’s one has blue, yellow and red legs to recall his design.
The tripods’ legs are made of extruded anodized aluminum, and are threaded for an easier installation; while the tripods’ heads are composed of low pressure casted aluminum, and they are sandblasted with ceramic spheres, for a seamless and durable finishing.
With a remarkable engineering process and in respect of the client’s needs, ALU was able to deliver high quality, stable, and resistant tripods to bring Marc Newson’s design to life.