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
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.
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
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
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
Each of the five concepts presented at Superstudio in Milan explores a different, distinctive approach to glass achieved by the accomplished artisans in the Lasvit workshop in Nový Bor. For Lasvit’s Inhale Lamp, glass blowers form big air bubbles then inhale to produce an unusual shape with negative air pressure. X-Ray vases capitalize on transparency and reflection, two key characteristics of glass, to transform a series of domes within a larger mirrored dome, into a subtle, ever-changing optical effect. Press lamps in pendant and floor styles rely on light sources tucked into compressed glass tubes to produce soft, organic forms. Innerblow and Overflow tables deploy two techniques using metal forms and the flowing quality of molten glass to create smooth and water-like surfaces. Growing Vases are whimsical objects in which glass pipes give the illusion of vases blooming out of flowers.
Innerflow, Overflow, Inhale, Press (Smoke), X-Ray Vase, by Nendo, for Lasvit
Both pieces of furniture and display windows, these lights act as small curiosity cabinets highlighting the beauty and strangeness of their subjects. When turned off, the bulb and socket disappear beneath an opaque black tinted glass. When lit, the bulb gradually reveals itself behind a soft veil, never dazzling. The base is made of blackened oak and the bell of blown glass.
This series sets different scenes of an exhibition, inciting one to observe and reflect. These lights question what is to be looked at: the object or its content? Where are we supposed to be focusing our attention in this day and age? The designers have chosen to present construction debris. Under these luminous bells, they become specimens of a strange preciousness. From the displayed object, the glance shifts to the exhibiting object.
Curiosity Object, by Gaëlle Gabillet & Stéphane Villard, Studio GGSV
Photography © Félipe Ribon
In a square there is a grid of 110 letters. When the stainless steel button is pressed, words light up in unexpected places which describe the time. Whenever you look at your QLOCKTWO W, it´s a new experience. Case in natural brushed stainless steel or black, black leather or natural rubber strap, calendar day and second display, LED technology.
QLOCKTWO W, Biegert & Funk
Constance Guisset’s particular approach of the creation process has won her international favours: Her work, as a designer and a scenographer, can be admired from Stockholm to Ankara. Her trademark lies between function (though verging on the unexpected), and a mesmerizing storytelling.The French designer cuts a one-of-a-kind figure on the international design market. A Political Science graduate, who studied for a MBA in India, she also fluently speaks Japanese (she assisted an ex-Foreign affairs Minister at the Tokyo Parliament). Imagined for an exhibition at galerie Cat-Berro (“Lumières réfléchies” or “Reflected lights” – “réfléchir” being a verb that both means “to reflect” and “to think”) in Paris, Constance Guisset’s “Coulisse” (“backstage”) mirror is adorned with little spheres that can either hang loose or be “stuck” to the mirror thanks to an invisible magnet. As soon as the user approaches each small spheric object (the designer refers to them as “bubbles”) from the mirror, it lights up to reveal an eery purple hue.
“Light reveals a translucid purple glass.” To the designer, “The bubbles reflect on an immaterial ground and create an imaginary landscape between danse mirror and constellation. When a bubble is brought close to the mirror, it is attracted by the magnet and switches on. When black, the glass bubbles are like jewels that flow from the shimmering surface. Surprise comes with the switch on by magnets and the sudden colored transparency of the material.”
(Elodie Palasse-Leroux is a Paris-based writer and journalist, the founder and editor of Sleek design)