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Insulaire by Numéro 111

Numéro 111 are the creators of the second VIA Furnishing programme, entitled Insulaire. Numéro 111 see the living room as an island, a ‘space inside space’ where furniture plays a structuring role and creates varied experiences of comfort and use. The more traditional approach focuses on the sofa; the more laid-back take is linked to floor-level living, where the central element – a rug – is accompanied by easy-grip cushions that can be positioned as needed to form headrest, back-rest or seat. Other pieces interact with both space-levels: tables with an upper plateau that moves to serve at low or divan level, a lamp that reconfigures to serve as reading light, up-washer or standing lamp. There is also a screen that defines territory and doubles as a storage unit, the open-work parts of which serve to hang a mirror or digital devices.

Insulaire, by Numéro 111

Eigruob lamp by Nendo for Kartell

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its iconic Bourgie table lamp, Italian plastic furniture specialist Kartell invited ten designers associated with the company to create tribute pieces for a special exhibition. For their contribution, Japanese design studio Nendo decided to work with two of the lamp’s most distinctive characteristics – its use of silhouettes and its transparency – rather than touching the original design itself.

Nendo created a new table lamp by inverting and rotating the Bourgie lamp’s silhouette, so that when two of the new lamps are lined up together, the space between them forms the upside-down silhouette of the Bourgie lamp. “Because our homage inverts both the lamp’s figure-ground relationship and our regular sense of up and down, we named the lamp Eigruob” the designers told us.

Eigruob lamp, by Nendo, for Kartell, via: urdesign, Photography © Akihiro Yoshida

Afillia by Alessandro Zambelli for .exnovo

Stripping away the frills poses the risk of coming up against bare essentials, sometimes in a highly visible way. A fine example are Alessandro Zambelli’s new lights, designed for .exnovo. He calls the collection “Afillia,” a name borrowed from botany. In plant terms, it means leafless, though not lifeless: surely an apt image for a collection of luminous essentials and airy voids.

The Afillia range of six lighting accessories consists of three table lamps and three pendant lights. The base or socket ring is in Swiss pine, a premium wood from the Alto Adige mountains, hand-crafted according to the region’s ancient traditions. The wood fitting locks on to a light diffuser in polyamide (also known as nylon fibre), sintered by professional 3D printing.

The results are furnishing extras, either one-offs or limited editions. The avant-garde technology really does print them, but the machined product is in perfect harmony with the intuitive skill of the master-craftsmen who shape the material from the amorphous polymer block. They finish off the process by hand, lending the personal touch to every creation. The centrepiece of each accessory is a diffuser which embraces and embellishes space. Delicate, lace-like patterns with their geometrical pinholes give rise to two-dimensional origami in thin, curvaceous spirals. Free to waver at will, the light casts fleeting shadows, then beams into unexpected focus, forming compact halos, round and bright. This is energy in fluid form, in the no-man’s land between stuff and shape, air and light.

Afillia by Alessandro Zambelli for .exnovo

Thanks for the Sun Serie by Arnout Meijer Studio

The increased use of screens, emitting their constant bright white light, is blurring the distinction between work and leisure, between day and night. But for us human beings it is best to experience light of varying warmth and intensity within the 24-hour cycle: bright white during the day to help us stay alert and concentrate; warmer, soothing light during the evening to help us wind down and prepare for sleep. Arnout Meijer has designed the Thanks for the Sun Series to allow users to adapt the temperature and character of the light in their rooms.

Thanks for the Sun Serie, by Arnout Meijer Studio

MOOT Carbon Fiber Chair by Ross Lovegrove for Established & Sons

The MOOT (Mood of Our Time) Carbon Fiber Chair was designed and developed by Ross Lovegrove in partnership with Established & Sons.

MOOT Carbon Fiber Chair, by Ross Lovegrove, for Established & Sons

3D Paper Moulding Washi Lamps by Nendo

Nendo has produced a series of lamps that use the traditional technique and modified it to create seamless three-dimensional washi forms.

3D Paper Moulding Washi Lamps, by Nendo, for Taniguchi Aoya Washi
Photography by Hiroshi Iwasaki

Exhibition: Charlotte Perriand at Design Miami

Charlotte Perriand is regarded as one of the most influential designers of the early modern movement, acknowledging the increasingly machine-driven culture of the 1920s and ’30s and introducing the profound change in aesthetic values to interiors. As a true pioneer in the application of materials like steel, aluminium and glass to furniture, the french architect and designer established an expansive breadth of work that, to this day, remains the archetype of an evolutionary shift in the industry. When she was just 24-years-old, she commenced a decade-long collaboration with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, during which period the trio conceived and developed a series of tubular steel chairs, existing now as icons of an era. The work of Perriand will be a significant presence at Design Miami/ Art Basel Miami 2013 with presentations at the Raleigh Hotel, the Louis Vuitton Boutique and the Cassina showroom.

Exhibition: Charlotte Perriand at Design Miami, Presented by Galerie Laffanour
Photography © Marie Clérin / Laffanour / Galerie Downtown – Paris, via: designboom

Design Intervention by Richard Hutten at the Sonneveld House

Dutch designer Richard Hutten has been invited to guest curate the interior of the Sonneveld House by altering the original layout with his own product designs.

The Sonneveld House Museum stands adjacent to the NAI on the corner of Jongkindstraat and Rochussenstraat in Rotterdam. Built in the early nineteen thirties, it is one of the best-preserved houses in the Nieuwe Bouwen style, the Dutch branch of the International School of Modernism. It was designed by the architecture firm of Brinkman & Van der Vlugt, also known for the Van Nelle Factory and Feyenoord Stadium. The Sonneveld House opened to the public as a house museum of the NAI in March 2001, following a period of intensive restoration and refurbishment. As a visitor, you can see for yourself what it was like to live in a hypermodern home in 1933.

Design Intervention by Richard Hutten at the Sonneveld House, November 17, 2013 – May 11, 2014, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Demetra Table Lamp by Naoto Fukasawa for Artemide

The design light has adjustable arms and an orientable head for a flexible use. The LED light is operated by means of a built-in sensor dimmer located in its head.

Demetra Table Lamp, by Naoto Fukasawa, for Artemide
Buy the book: Monograph: Naoto Fukasawa

Traffic Collection by Konstantin Grcic for Magis

Traffic is a collection of furniture using wire and upholstery. The correlation between the three-dimensional line drawing of the metal rod and the geometric volumes of the cushions marks a significant shift from the common connotation of wire furniture. The unassuming simplicity of its conception impart a pleasant casualness. The refinement of detailing and carefully tailored proportions stimulate a resounding elegance. The inherent logic of construction creates a formal grammar which allows for a number of functional declinations to form the Traffic collection: an armchair, a two seater sofa, a small bench (which also serves as ottoman), a chaise longue. All pieces are available with upholstery in fabric or leather. The metal structure is either powder coated (in high gloss colours) or chrome plated.

Traffic Collection, by Konstantin Grcic, for Magis

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