During this year’s Salone, an exhibition of three designs by three designers including Mathieu Lehanneur and nendo under the art direction of designer Fabio Novembre showcased the artistry of venerable Czech Bohemian glass maker Lasvit’s glassblowers.
We were assigned the abstract theme ‘cocoon’, and asked to create work that would directly convey the quixotic appeal of glass as something that is impractical and incomplete, but provides a breath of fresh air, opening up new possibilities.We decided to take the brief in a playful direction, and to suggest both breathing and the incomplete by displaying the metal pipes used by glassblowers, still attached to the glass objects that they were used to make. By turning the pipes into flowers and branches and the glass into a vase, we literally turned convention on its head, making flowers blooming in vases into vases blooming from flowers to represent the flower bulbs that draw nutrients from plants through photosynthesis and store new life.
Growing Vases, by nendo, for Lasvit
Axis Lamp is an elegant floor lamp, which impresses with its high simplicity of operation. It consists of two axes made of square hollow sections held together and fixed by a screw and a counter nut. By loosening of the clamping, the arm of the lamp can be turned, shifted, and fixed at a variable level. So each position is accessible without any major mechanical efforts. Vertically positioned in front of a wall, the lamp generates warm atmospheric lighting. At the same time, it only takes up insignificant room and is easily transportable.
Axis Lamp, by bao-nghi droste design
The idea to this lamp has been to go ”back to basic” and work with simple geometric shapes – a half circle. The half circle looks simplified from the side but looking at the lampshade from the front it has a double curved shape, bending over the frame. The lamp shade is made of bent sheet metal with a matte rubber finish.
Inspired by the coloured tiles of Marrakech, Benjamin Hubert has designed a pendant lamp in which flexible silicone tiles are hung on a metal frame. “The consumer can build their own lamp from a framework and selection of different coloured tiles, allowing for customisation as the end user becomes part of the design process.”
The product focuses on the flowing relationship between adjustable elements whilst retaining a utilitarian architectural quality. The high brightness led light source and capacitive touch control is contrasted with a tactile range of material to soften the technology and create a more human range of products.
Available in either ash timber or texture lacquered aluminum with the paddle head formed from pressed aluminum.
Combining materials in a new innovative way, the Israeli designer Omri Barzeev created the Lady Led desk lamp. This lamp uses three strong but small Leds. The Leds are inserted in a heat shrinking plastic tube, a feature that allows to hold the Leds without any screws. The copper body of the lamp gives it an elegant and clean look. The two legs of the lamp are made of wood: they can move up or down the body of the lamp, in order to adapt the lighting angle or to play with the lamp appearance.
Zaza means “wobbling” in Hebrew. The originality of Zaza is to play with the usual ideas one has of a “normal” chair: the flexibility of the polypropylene structure takes the user by surprise and help to create a new relationship between the chair and the person sitting on it. This feeling is reinforced by the playful shape of the base, looking like a narrow rocking horse, only to deceive us again by it surprising stability.
Lady Led desk lamp, Zaza Chair, by Omri Barzeev
Molecules, Designed by Ofir Zucker & Albi Serfaty, collaboration with origami artist Ilan Garibi, Tokonoma, Designed by Albi Serfaty & Eitan Ben Tovim, for Aqua Creations
With an uncanny resemblance to NASA’s Mercury capsule, this hanging pendant lamp is clean and crisp. The fine chintz fabric on the shade adds a remarkable sheen. The colours pop, making a dramatic touch to open and spacious interiors.
Andy Pendant Lamp (Big Andy) by FrauMaier.
Piers Mansfield-Scaddan is launching a new range of furniture and table lamps at Design Indaba inspired by industrial fabrication techniques and craftsmanship. Showcasing several industrial processes, the range reflects Piers’ obsession with all things technological. The tongue in cheek Espresso Lamp series draws inspiration from stove top Italian Espresso pot, functioning as a quirky desk light which works either in a domestic setting or home office. A visually arresting minimal design parodies frilly lamps found in your grandmothers attic, yet is industrially fabricated from sheets of anodized aluminum. Espresso’s are available in candy apple colours from lilac, and turquoise to aubergine and more established finishes of golds and bronzes to black. The Espresso Lamp and is available in a wide range of colours and in 3 sizes, referred to as single, double and mini espressos!
Espresso Lamp, by Piers Mansfield-Scaddan, Fly-Pitcher
Four years ago while experimenting in the workshop, Dror Benshetrit discovered a serendipitous geometry. Initially inspired by the aesthetic and flexibility of this versatile form, he soon realized the structural integrity of the interlocking members. Dror then embarked on four years of inspired and diligent investigations. Working in a collaborative and experimental environment, the team developed a unique structure that can adapt to a variety of conditions and configurations. These range from product design, trestle structures, dwellings, dividing walls, sound barriers, and more. Some applications take advantage of its load-bearing capabilities, while others capitalize on its acoustic properties, ease of manufacturing, collapsibility and energy performance.
Boosted by a team of experts, the studio conducted inter-disciplinary research and rigorous analysis, to soon discover the overwhelming strength of the geometry coming from the most simplistic physical force. The geometry revealed five development direction for applications with endless possibilities; dividing, dwelling, trestle, fenestration and artistic installation. These enabled designs reflect an ever-changing world where contextual factors and technological resources are shifting definitions of architecture, design, and the traditional boundaries between disciplines.
“Our goal is to inspire change. Working with creative and innovative experts from various fields, we aim to share and implement this geometry in urban design, architecture, philanthropic work, and public art. When realizing that the system could potentially bring a groundbreaking solution to the global issue of habitat, we were eager to complete our experimentations and share this discovery with the world.”
- Dror Benshetrit