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Exhibition: ECAL: Chez Le Corbusier at Villa Le Lac

One of the world’s most prestigious schools of art has defined a new teaching paradigm by making architecture and industrial design more interdisciplinary, more interconnected. ECAL chez Le Corbusier (ECAL at Le Corbusier’s place) is a magnificent tribute to the great architect on the 125th anniversary of his birth. It is also, and above all, an encounter between a master and some pupils: between Le Corbusier and the students of ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne). To imagine, then to produce objects for the Villa “Le Lac” was the project conceived by Elric Petit, head of the bachelor’s degree programme in industrial design at ECAL, and Chris Kabel, professor at ECAL. The project soon outgrew the framework of a classic teaching activity: the potential offered by the site, the inventiveness awakened by this assignment and the quality of the executions naturally led to the idea of an on-site exhibition.

ECAL: Chez Le Corbusier, Villa Le Lac, Switzerland, July 2 – August 29

Zoo Toys by Ionna Vautrin for Kvadrat

Zoo uses the many nuances of the “Hallingdal 65″ fabric which is made by Kvadrat, in a series of bright, colorful, oversized cuddle toys that appeal to children and adults alike. The zoo includes a toucan, a panda bear and a whale. Each animal has about the same size as a small child (about 1m high), making them extra huggable for all ages and encouraging younger generations to relate to them as a friend. With a highly simplified form, the animal’s character is defined mainly through a series of different ‘masks’ which represent the face.

Zoo Toys, by Ionna Vautrin, for Kvadrat

Rocky by Marc Newson for Magis

Marc Newson has designed a rocking horse for children; Rocky is a modern take on a traditional object, a pop version taking its character loosely from medieval jousting horses. The parallelogram motion mimics the movement of a traditional rocking horse. It is made from rotationally moulded polyethylene chosen for both its durability and recyclability. Rein in natural hemp rope.

Rocky, by, Marc Newson, for Magis

Orion Mirror by Sofia Designers

Made from anodized aluminium, the Orion Mirror is a cross between a peg and a round mirror, Orion combines two objects through a fluid and continuous language.

Orion Mirror, Dimensions: L 21 x H 26 x D 6 cm, by Sofia designers
Photography © Matthieu Spohn

Industry Porcelain by Gentle Giants

This porcelain vases collection is a research on aesthetic of industrial archeology. These vases draw attention to the cultural dimension of industrial architecture, highlighting the need for preservation of these buildings. The collection has an evident inspiration, and is a tribute to the work of two internationally renowned artists: Bernd and Hilla Becher.

Industry Porcelain, by Gentle Giants

Zero Jewellery Range by Minimalux

Zero is void of any detailing, decoration or embellishement; just a simple collection of solid metal bands forming a single, subtle style for both men and women. Rings are offered in Sterling Silver, 18ct Gold, White Gold & Platinum. Zero is produced in Hatton Garden, London: one of the finest and most renowned jewellery locations in the world. All the items are mirror polished by hand, hallmarked and machine engraved with the Minimalux mark.

Zero, by Minimalux

Point by Paul Smith & Kvadrat & Fritz Hansen for Maharam

New York-based textile design company Maharam has teamed up with Fritz Hansen and Kvadrat to launch Point by Paul Smith. The upholstery textile is a mix of Smith’s signature ‘classics with a twist’ pattern.

“The idea behind this fabric came from traditional Scottish Fair Isle knitting; I love the vibrant mix of colours and patterns that Fair Isle techniques create and have used many variations of it over the years,” said Smith.

Point combines natural tones and accent colours that are available in seven geometric patterns, ranging from traditional to modern. To celebrate the launch of Point by Paul Smith, the textile will be upholstered on a selection of Fritz Hansen’s classic design icons including the Egg, Swan and Grand Prix by Arne Jacobsen and the PK22 chair by Poul Kjærholm, as well as the Alphabet Sofa by Piero Lissoni.

Point, by Paul Smith, for Maharam

Flag Candlestick by Jonas Wagel for Normann Copenhagen

The Swedish designer Jonas Wagell has created this new interpretation of the classical chamber candlestick. Flag’s design was inspired by the little signal flags on floating buoys used to send signals to sailors. Designed to hold a single candle, the candlestick has a classic expression that would suit any interior style. In the old days, the chamber candlestick was used to provide light at night. Today, candlelight is used to create a warm and cosy atmosphere. With clear references to the chamber candlestick, Flag has a recognisable function and modern expression and is easily moved by picking up the little flag.

Flag Candlestick, by Jonas Wagel, for Normann Copenhagen

Variations Collection by Patricia Urquiola for Baccarat

The Variations collection, hovering between sophisticated objet and sculpture, to be interpreted together or individually, comprises a series of highly colourful pieces where glass-cutting principles and Baccarat savoir faire have been reinvented.

Variations rings the changes on an art de vivre as imagined by Patricia Urquiola. The collection transforms everyday ritual into the art of living, where objects from past and present coexist and combine for mutual magnification. Accented by acid colour hues, the glasses exude a relaxed, neo-pop vibe.

Variations Collection, by Patricia Urquiola, for Baccarat

bloated_objects by Damien Gernay

The Bloated collection is made out of sheets of leather, filled with expanded foam. No complicated moulds, and no seams are used in the production, the leather inflate in a natural way, making each piece unique.

bloated_objects, Desk, Shelf, Coat Hanger, by Damien Gernay, Photography by Bruno Timmermans

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