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Meltdown Pendant Lamp by Johan Lindstén for Cappellini

Meltdown is an interpretation and attempt to make something beautiful from the disastrous nuclear accident in Fukushima. Would an actual meltdown occur and what would the impact be? The disaster is reflected in the lamps where the process already begun and the bulb are about to melt through the last defense of the glass.

Meltdown Pendant Lamp, by Johan Lindstén, for Cappellini

The Washington Collection by David Adjaye for Knoll

The Washington Collection for Knoll, David Adjaye’s first collection of furniture, transforms his architectural and sculptural vision into accessible objects for the home and office. The collection consists of two cantilevered side chairs, a club chair, an ottoman, a side table and a monumental coffee table. David Adjaye said, “Knoll approaches furniture as making connections between people and how they work and live their daily lives. This project has been an exhilarating and collaborative experience – an unexpected balancing act between the design and engineering processes. My original idea of what this furniture should be was continuously refined and transformed throughout.”

Commenting on Adjaye’s work, Knoll design director Benjamin Pardo said, “David is doing really innovative and important architectural projects, and what really interested us was to see that work on an entirely new scale.” Adjaye’s limited edition cast bronze coffee table reflects this cross-over. The sculptural table with a clear glass top is constructed from four cast bronze panels, and four connecting plates. The roughhewn exterior contrasts the highly reflective, hand polished interior surface. To mark our 75th anniversary the bronze coffee table is limited to an edition of 75.

The Washington Collection, by David Adjaye, for Knoll

Exhibition: Paul Cocksedge: CAPTURE

Friedman Benda will present Paul Cocksedge: CAPTURE the British designer’s inaugural solo exhibition, the works include Capture, a 5 ¼ ft (1.6 meter) hand-spun aluminum dome that appears to “hold” the peaceful glow of a warm white light. The piece is informed by a process of reduction–a recurring theme in Cocksedge’s work–as it subtracts the typical infrastructure around light, instead creating a hemisphere that seems to stop light from escaping. For White Light, Cocksedge will create a room within the gallery in which everything and nothing changes. For this work, the designer will create an illuminated mosaic of precisely calibrated and positioned colored panels on the ceiling of the gallery. The ceiling will slowly fade from a spectrum of colors to a warm white light, while the room itself will remain unchanged, demonstrating the ways in which we do and do not perceive the interplay of color and light.

The inspiration for Poised comes from the elegance and amenability of paper. Half a ton in weight, the steel table appears improbable upon investigation. Created following an intensive series of calculations regarding gravity, mass, and equilibrium, the table looks as though it is about to fall, but is perfectly weighted and stable.

In addition to these new works, Cocksedge will present three architectural models that take conceptual threads from Capture and White Light and reapply them to architectural settings outside of the gallery space. Central to Cocksedge’s work is an appreciation for the ways in which people respond to and interact with his designs. As a result, potential real world applications of these new works will be explored in a series of architectural models.

Paul Cocksedge: CAPTURE, September 12 – October 12, 2013, at Friedman Benda, New York

Oslo Sofa by Anderssen & Voll for Muuto

The OSLO sofa is designed by Anderssen & Voll and becomes the third sofa series this Norwegian design studio creates for Muuto. OSLO consists of a 3-seater sofa, a 2-seater sofa, a chair and a pouf, all with build in pillows that makes each furniture comfortable and airy at the same time. OSLO has a round and embracing top, upholstered in fabric from Kvadrat. The seats are lifted up from the ground by slim legs of aluminum. OSLO has multiple functions and works well both in a home setting, in a reception, in a lounge area, or in a lobby.

Anderssen & Voll explain the design “We wanted to make an organic and human sofa series with a light and inviting appearance, without compromising on comfort. The horizontal division in the seat is important, as it allowed us to add extra comfort in the lower part of the furniture while maintaining an airy overall expression. The OSLO sofa series is crafted in the west coast of Norway and with its embracing and rounded softness it stands as a natural extension to the Nordic touch and friendliness that characterises the designs of Muuto.”

Oslo Sofa, by Anderssen & Voll, for Muuto

Les Poupées by Luca Nichetto

Les Poupées, meaning dolls in french, is a first collaboration between Italian designer Luca Nichetto and French gallerist Pascale Cottard Olsson in Stockholm. The series consists of a candle holder in ceramic and a vase in glass, elegantly combined in one object. However, it is not the multifunction that is the heart of this project, but rather the melting pot of different cultures. When asked to do a product for the french-swedish gallery, Nichettos main aim was to capture the different cultures coming together in this collaboration. Drawing inspiration from Finnish, Italian and Japanese design tradition, Nichetto cites the simplicity and purity of the Finnish artist and designer Timo Sarpaneva, as well as the combination of colors and materials used in Italian architect Ettore Sottsas well known totem vessels, as two influencing sources. The japanese wooden dolls, also called Kokeshi, has also served as an influence for les Poupées.

Les Poupées by Luca Nichetto

Scoop Chairs by KiBiSi for Globe Zero 4

Scoop is a family of contract market furniture designed for the overlap between private spaces and public areas. The name relates to the loader inspired scoop construction. The innovative gyroscope like suspension system conveys a feeling of being carried – a free suspended feel. The Y-shaped beam creates a visual and functional overlap between seat and base. Scoop merges craft and technology: The innovative technical edge increases comfort, yet maintains a clear and simple Scandinavian appearance. The chair has a tailor upholstered cast foam seat and an injection molded aluminum frame. The scoop family comprises of a conference chair, a lounge chair, a table and a bar stool in the making. Scoop is variable with frames in polished aluminum and a black and white powder coat. The chairs are available in a range of different fabrics and upholstery qualities and in a special ice cream scoop color scheme selected for the launch collection.

Scoop Chairs, by KiBiSi, for Globe Zero 4

LightSky by Stephen Burks for Swarovski

A work of designer Stephen Burks, the highly contemporary shape of LIGHTSKY sends light beaming through brightly infused crystal, echoing a poetry of light reflections into the spatial center.

LightSky Pendant light, by Stephen Burks, for Swarovski

Virtu: Ornatu by De Intuïtiefabriek

Underneath a layer of smoke glass, treasures like jewelry and perfumes are revealed in walnut drawers. Above this subtle ground a walnut ‘bridge’ holds porcelain containers and creates a stage for a warm colored mirror. This flirtatious combination of materials provides the perfect place to spend ones intimate moments of the day.

Materials: Walnut wood, coated steel, colored mirror, magnifying mirror, copper, porcelain and glass.

Virtu: Ornatu, Limited edition of 3 + 1 prototype + 1 A.P. by De Intuïtiefabriek

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