Pritzker Prize winning architect Richard Meier is unveiling a limited edition menorah and exclusive series of mezuzahs for The Jewish Museum in New York. The featured Menorah is a reproduction of the “Meier Lamp” originally commissioned by the Israel Museum in 1985; an original is part of the Jewish Museum’s permanent collection. A limited edition of menorahs will be available for $1000 for purchase through The Jewish Museum Shops beginning November 2010. Meier’s Menorah is the first of Design Edition JM, the first curated collection of modern Judaica by contemporary artists and designers.
“In the design of the Hanukkah Menorah I was trying to express the collective memory of the Jewish people,” explains Meier. “Each candleholder is an abstracted representation of an architectural style from significant moments of persecution in the history of Jews. The first being the expulsion of the Jews from Egypt and the last symbolizing the towers of the concentration camps in Germany. These are not intended as literal representations of specific events but rather as reminders of the common past and struggles that Jewish people have suffered and their resilience and strength that is so wonderfully captured by the Hanukkah story.”
The design commemorates 4,000 years of Jewish history. Its pewter architectonic candleholders represent locations of Jewish expulsion, hardship and remarkable perseverance. From left to right, the first five candleholders represent the expulsions from Egypt (the obelisk); Roman Palestine (Hadrian’s victory column); France (1310); England (1290); and Spain (1492). The sixth candleholder represents the emancipation of Jews and expansion of the Jewish population in Vienna circa 1890. The seventh symbolizes the pogroms in Russia at the turn of the 20th century, and the eighth is a reminder of the concentration camps in Germany during WWII. A copy of the menorah resides in Mr. Meier’s home and is still used by the architect during the holidays.
Menorah, by Richard Meier, for The Jewish Museum
Furniture with the tall elegance of a fashion model: the Panton Coatstand. It’s a re-edition of the work of the celebrated danish architect and designer verner panton, dating from 1971. The furniture classics he created still fascinate us today. One of them is this coat stand with a frame of welded, powder-coated wire. It enables garments to be hung up in a variety of ways, and when it’s empty, the column with its waisted effect is like a modern sculpture in the entrance area. Available in powder-coated white, neon orange, yellow, light blue.
Panton Coatstand, by Verner Panton, for Schönbuch
Yii has been created by Taiwan Craft Research Institute and is led by Gijs Bakker, co-founder of Droog Design. The brand, with the ambitious aim to put the “Made in Asia” on the map of contemporary design, has a collection of objects have been created by designers and produced by craftmen of Taiwan.
“In recent years, I intend to incorporate the natural phenomenon and the law of nature into the idea of design and create works, which display my originality. In this collaboration with Mutina, I have pondered in designing ceramic tiles, which express the textures of the material derived from nature. My intention is not to manipulate the appearance of nature, but to create a design, which stirs one’s heart and imagination and remains deep inside one’s memory. “PHENOMENON”, a collection consists of “snow”, “honey-comb”, and “rain” series, integrates small substances and produces both depth and expanse.Various expressions, such as honeycomb, snow crystal, icicle, plant cells evoke one’s memory of the scenery in nature.”
– Tokujin Yoshioka
Czech product designer and goldsmith, Jan Jaroš has designed Ufo, a set of glasses and a carafe for two.
Ufo Beverage Set, by Jan Jaroš, Cohn Studio
At the core of the Minimalux design ethos are the opposite elements of simplicity and splendor, combining to form a unique and enticing identity. Production methods such as electroforming, casting and tube manipulation together with materials including glass, copper, solid silver and brightly coloured anodized aluminium are used to create candleholders, desk accessories, cutlery and vases–all complementary to the precision machined brass and precious metal pots and containers that are prevalent in the first Minimalux Collection. The new collection aims to provide products with wider appeal and accessibility; thus extending the general reach of the brand and nurturing the visibility of Minimalux products within the marketplace.
New Collection, by Mark Holmes, for Minimalux
Nika Zupanc has designed Unfaithful, a multi-purpose feather duster made from real ostrich feathers. This covetable tool comes in high gloss black or skin colour, and a choice of black leather or suede gift box.
“This shiny object noir is ready to offend you with the purity of its ambition. As blunt as a declaration of war and as piercing as beauty can be, it is an announcement of times to come. La Femme et la Maison collection is, first and foremost, turning the last sighs of the patriarchy into the cries of the she-almighty. Her shyness has now been replaced with the naked curves and shapes of lust and desire. Her passivity has been succeeded by the skilfully masked determination to rule your home.”
- La Femme et la Maison
Piilo means “a place of concealment” in Finnish. Inside the Striking organic-shaped box there is a special space for you to put prized possessions such as heirloom cufflinks or your engagement ring. Created by Milan-based Giorgio Vigna, a renowned sculptor and jewellery designer, Piilo protects and honours the treasures you place within it.
Choose from four different sizes of boxes or an amulet you can wear and open at any time.The boxes are made of polished aluminium, while the amulet is made of sterling silver. The smaller boxes come with inner felt cups made from 100% wool.
After studying interior design at the Sint-Lukas School for Architecture in Brussels, Anna Torfs moved to the Czech Republic where she specialised in stage design and worked as a freelance furniture and glass designer. She began designing her own glass collections in 2002. The ability of glass to capture, reflect and absorb light is the central theme in Anna’s work. Transparency and translucency are not always identical. Colour is critical, evoking strong emotions; colours should be “true”. Cutting through the object like an anatomist, Anna reveals layer after layer to show how an object is built. These unconventional cutting techniques also reveal the contrast between the vibrant centre and the sober “skin” of her objects.
Sinope, by Anna Torfs
The French Brothers have designed a table set in stoneware, crystalline glass and stainless steel. This is how Ronan described their project: “The “Ovale” collection strives to be original, but it also wants to be rustic and traditional. We set out in pursuit of delicate expression. This composition speaks about every day life, about breakfast, lunch, about everyone getting together for dinner.