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Exhibition: Japan Creative: Peter Marigold & Hinoki Kogei

Hinoki Kogei is Japan’s leading woodwork factory, founded in 1977 by Chuzo Tozawa. British designer Peter Marigold collaborated with the Company to create a design which incorporates a woodworking technique that has been used for centuries.

Japan Creative is a non-profit organization founded to respond to the destructive earthquake of March 2011, an event that led to some rethinking of the aesthetics and value of design. The exhibit, curated by Hiroshi Naito, seeks to interpret this tremendous hardship, returning to the roots of traditional Japanes objects and crafts. The exhibition theme “Simple Vision” encompasses the idea of redefining established design rules to interpret them with a new spirit that is open to different cultures.

Japan Creative: Peter Marigold & Hinoki Kogei, April 17 – 22, at Museo Minguzzi, Via Palermo, 11, Milan, Photography © Daily Icon

Concorde Chair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort

Originally designed for the French Concorde airport waiting room in 1960, the Concorde Chair has been reintroduced in 2012 by Artifort.

Artifort Concorde Armchair without armrests, by Pierre Paulin
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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

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

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