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Still & Sparkling by Nendo for Lasvit

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

Curiosity Object by Gaëlle Gabillet & Stéphane Villard

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

Saya Chair by Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper

To be presented at the upcoming Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, the Saya Chair is an iconic wooden chair, with a highly distinctive profile, available in three different wood colours and lacquered in various natural shades. It can be used in both public and private spaces, and will be available with wooden legs or chromed steel legs.

Saya Chair, by Lievore Altherr Molina, for Arper

Paysages by Sam Baron for Skitsch

Paysages, by Sam Baron, for Skitsch

QLOCKTWO W Watch by Biegert & Funk

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

Mutation Series by Maarten De Ceulaer

The pieces in this series look like they weren’t made by hands, but have grown to their present form organically. They might be the result of a mutation in cells, or the result of a chemical or nuclear reaction. Perhaps it’s a virus or bacteria that has grown dramatically out of scale. The Mutation pieces make you look at furniture in a different way. Maybe one day we would be able to grow a piece of furniture like we breed or clone an animal, and manipulate it’s shape like a bonsai tree.

On the other hand, the project can be seen as an experimental review of classic furniture upholstery. It reminds us of the famous and iconic deep buttoned (Chesterfield) sofa’s, interpreted in a highly contemporary and sculptural way. Instead of upholstering springs and foam with leather or textile, these pieces are created by carefully composing patterns with cut-offs of foam spheres of various sizes, and applying them onto a structure. In the end the entire piece gets coated, with a durable rubber or tactile velvet-like finish. It is hardly impossible to ever recreate such a specific pattern, so every piece is completely unique.

Mutation Series, by Maarten De Ceulaer

Park Chair by Neuland Industriedesign for B-line

Neuland has designed a versatile Indoor/outdoor stacking chair. Available painted in Black, White or Deep Orange.

B-line Park Chair, by Neuland Industriedesign (Paster & Geldmacher)

Coulisse mirror by Constance Guisset for Cat-Berro

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

Coulisse mirror, by Constance Guisset, for Galerie Cat-Berro

(Elodie Palasse-Leroux is a Paris-based writer and journalist, the founder and editor of  Sleek design)


Buzzicockpit by Alain Gilles for Buzzispace

A private cocoon one can take refuge in- or rather behind, when working: Belgian designer Alain Gilles’ BuzziCockpit is “a tool for personal privacy and well-being”. Small enough to fit any table or desk (a 60 cm-depth for the side resting on the flat surface), its ergonomically-designed acoustical skills enable the user to create a instantly quieter and private area within the working space (offices, libraries…).

Alain Gilles designed lateral handles to the BuzziCockpit so that it can be pulled closer or pushed back whenever needed, in a single gesture. Upholstered in a recycled fabric (also developped by Buzzispace), available in a large array of colors, the BuzziCockpit is available with a closed back-panel or a partly opened one, depending on the level of intimacy one is hoping for.

Elodie Palasse-Leroux

Buzzicockpit by Alain Gilles for Buzzispace

(Elodie Palasse-Leroux is a Paris-based writer and journalist, the founder and editor of Sleek design)

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