Designed by Renzo Piano, one of the most important architects of the 20th century, behind projects like the Centre Pompidou in Paris, San Nicaola Stadium in Bari and Kansai International Airport in Osaka. He is responsible for the main layout of the Potsdamer Platz and eight of its buildings in Berlin. Over the years, he has received a range of prestigious prizes and awards such as the Compasso d’Oro and the Pritzker Prize. He collaborated with Iittala to produce designs on a smaller scale. His stainless steel cutlery service is like an extension of the hand, fitting naturally into the diner’s grip. With extreme attention to detail, Piano has soft, rounded and balanced handles, appropriate proportions, and thoughtfully considered shapes. The Piano cutlery service is made of highly-polished 18/10 stainless steel, and the salad servers come dressed with wooden handles.
Piano Cutlery, by Piano Design
A massive intense Illuminated Mandala sculpture inspired by Islamic patterns which have been translated into three dimensions through the extrusion of the complex interlocking geometry. Made from lasercut stainless steel frames, chrome plated or lacqured solid brass components, ballchain in several optional finishes. Illuminated by a combination of surface mounted and suspended G4 Halogen lamps.
Mandala No. 1, by Willowlamp
The lamp stems from the studio’s ‘Materials driven, process led, industrial design approach’ researching the typologies and language associated with ceramic products. Container looks at utilising the ceramic to both contain the electronic lighting
components and producing a soft reflected illumination output from the interior glazed surface to light the table or desk beneath. The forms are driven by a sympathetic design language and construction in tune with earthenware production. The lamp comprises two large ceramic components held together under the tension of an injection moulded Silicon band eradicating the need for any glue or screws.
“Pétrifications is a project which has been on my mind for some years and which allows me to reconcile my interest in design with the one for literature I had the opportunity to develop while studying it at university. It was inspired by my own experience as a reader who, when interrupted in his reading, too often left his book opened at the page he was reading, on a table or on the floor. It is a collection of five triangular geometrical forms of several different dimensions, made of various kinds of stones, and destined to be used as bookmarks.”
- Krzysztof J. Lukasik
Pétrifications”, ECAL/Krzysztof J. Lukasik
“My Flat, Mega Farm, Power Plant and Highway are designs that came from my research into public space and architecture and the idealized version of both in toy modelling. On the basis of my research I selected a number of buildings that epitomize today’s zeitgeist. I transformed these architectural types into toy blocks. In doing so I have two objectives. The first is to shed a light on the excessive nature of contemporary large scale architecture — the mega factory — by using the poor and abstract form language of toy blocks. My second objective is to make full use of the contrast between the harshness of contemporary architecture and the illusory children’s world of friendliness and unlimited possibilities cultivated by adults.”
- Maykel Roovers
Critical Blocks by Maykel Roovers
Mass-produced midcentury furniture by the Italian modernist Carlo Mollino can cost a few thousand dollars per piece, and his prototypes and custom works cause greater market stirs.
In 2005 and 2008, Christie’s in New York got seven-figure prices for 1940s oak and maple tables that Mollino created for a marquis in Turin. The designer worked in a vocabulary of hairpin turns, spikes and flanges. He was also notoriously moody and obsessive, and a daredevil who flew experimental planes, scaled mountains and raced cars.
His colorful biography adds to the appeal of the objects. “They have a huge aura about them,” said Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, the founder of the Salon 94 galleries in Manhattan.
A show with a few Mollino works from around 1950 (with five- and six-figure prices each) opens on Thursday at the Salon 94 branch on East 94th Street; display cases were designed by the British architect David Adjaye. The exhibition includes an ash bentwood chair and a resin-and-glass bookcase, made for a Turin publishing house, and aluminum boomerang light fixtures from a textile magnate’s apartment in Turin.
On Oct. 23 the Italian government blocked an auction at Christie’s in London that featured 30 pieces of 1950s Mollino furniture, which had long been installed in an Italian industrialist’s country house in the foothills of the Alps. The works, including oak and chestnut tables, chairs, cabinets and ceramic coat hooks, were deemed by the government to be treasures that could not be exported. (They were returned to their owner.)
On Dec. 10 Sotheby’s in New York will offer four 1940s oak chairs (estimated at $100,000 to $150,000 for the set) with split backs that a private collector found years ago at a Los Angeles tag sale. Mollino used the split-back design in ski resort and restaurant interiors, but no one knows where the tag-sale chairs originated.
Dodo is a small container for soy sauce or oil. The container is made in silicone so that you can squeeze out the liquid. The shape of the container gives it a clear direction of use and also exudes a strong personality.
Ori grinders and salt cellar. These grinders and cellar were results from experimenting with origami in our studio. The shapes of folds and crystals inspired the idea of milling salt and pepper. The conflict between the top and the bottom parts is a physical representation of the internal grinding process. The grinders and cellar are made from maple wood and Corian.
Basic wood tools for food preparation including spatula, ladle, skimmer and rice paddle (shamoji). They are shaped in a way that makes them a natural extension of the hand.
These objects spring out of simple and ordinary, yet essential and vital, actions that tie people together across cultural differences. The objects are designed for everyday situations in Norway — they are Norwegian. However, we have been inspired by Japanese culture — or rather, by our particular understanding of Japanese culture. In other words: we have attempted to make Norwegian objects that could also be relevant to Japanese living. Our goal is to draw inspiration and knowledge from how our work is experienced in Tokyo.
Warp is a lightweight and portable side table for different opportunities. It is applicable in domestic as well as in public spaces such as hotel lobbies, waiting areas but also in bars or cafés. The top incorporates a handhold which enables the table to be moved around with ease. It’s ideal for working on a laptop or eating whilst comfortably installed on one’s settee.
Strikingly simple in form, the Revolution Collection is handcrafted in the Czech Republic by master glassblowers, and formed from a pure extrusion of hand-blown borosilicate glass. This material provides a high degree of thermal resistance for a range of hot and cold applications, and is oven, microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe.
When in use, the contents of these pieces appear to float, seeming to defy gravity and visually suspend their contents, be it water, wine, champagne, gelato, or soup. The Revolution Collection is distinctive in its thoughtful form, and innovative in its application of materials and skillful manufacturing. These attributes are fundamental to the design philosophy and approach of fferrone design, along with responsible sourcing of materials and production.
Revolution Collection, Glassware, by Felicia Ferrone