For the occasion of Frieze 2018, gallerist Nathalie Assi of SEE••DS opened her home to present 'Living By Design', showcasing over 50 works of contemporary design that the gallery has commissioned since its inception in 2016 alongside her personal collection as well as new editions by the likes of Martino Gamper, Silo Studio and Jochen Holz amongst others.
Through an experimental journey of form and function BCXSY has been exploring new possibilities of using brass tubes to create three dimensional practical objects. A screen, a console and a vase, with a brushed matte surface, are the first members of a family, conceived through the simple actions of cutting, bending and ordering, providing a new perspective to this well-known construction material and resulting in an innovative typography. Carefully handcrafted in Italy, the pieces introduce a striking aesthetic combining the pure and luxurious appeal of the material with humorous elements of surprise.
Studio OS ∆ OOS tries to find the balance between form, material and use in their work which can best be described as contemporary objects derived from concept, yet rationalized to give them purpose. For the Repeated Mirror collection, their efforts result in neither a product nor pure artistic expression but a culmination of both.
This wall mounted neon light is a unique light sculpture made of free formed borosilicate glass tubing and a cast jesmonite stone wall plate. Each is one of its kind and part of a small edition. It uses much bigger glass tubing diameters and wall thicknesses than in conventional neon making. This is highly unusual and shows entirely new qualities in this traditional technique. The glass is left uncoated and becomes part of the piece, the forms play with the light emitted by the different rare gases, the undulating tube subtly manipulates the light, softening and intensifying it in turns.
The neon table and pendant lights are unique light sculptures made of free formed borosilicate glass tubing. Each one is one of its kind and part of a small edition. The form plays with the pure light emitted by the different rare gases, the undulating tube subtly manipulates the light, softening and intensifying it in turns.
Sections, is a project derived from the idea of cutting a section of a tubular structure and reversing it, and by doing so, changing the typology of the piece.
For the PHM | Piemonte Handmade project, the designer has collaborated with the metal masters company Berrone Livio & C. to create an unprecedented object that revolutionizes a steel tube’s behavior through a simple offset of its own sections.
Made in collaboration with Berrone Livio & C. di Volvera.
A suspension lamp inspired by the first satellites launched into space. It consists of two borosilicate blown glass tubes of different diameters, within which there is a second tube acting as a diffuser. The structure is made of brushed brass and LED light is used as indirect light.
The relationship between designer and object is often determined by the tools used to create the pieces: tools enable creation but are also a barrier, a translation between imagination and reality. Odd Matter has developed an instinctive way of interacting with a material, allowing them to shape the object freely. The shapes are made by folding, draping and warping the metal mesh, as each piece is intuitively hand shaped before solidifying its shape and final texture in the galvanic bath. As the chemical reaction of electroplating occurs in unpredictable ways, the soft metal mesh forms are transformed into solid metal furniture pieces, with an intricate organic appearance. During the hours spent in the bath, the designers resign control allowing the process to complete the piece. In this way, the lamp, the shelf and the bench are made without technical drawings, 3d renderings or scale models and instead, both designer and tool, have been given the space to create in their own way, in their own time.
A series of rocklike textured shelves, tables and lights with a cork terrazzo nish. Handmade with a new technique developed by Odd Matter Studio that explores the use of cork as an aggregate material and high quality hard plaster as a binder. Combining the soft and light nature of cork with the rigidity and strength of gypsum.
Dowels is a wall light formed by the combination of wooden dowels with tube light bulbs. All elements share similar shapes and they seem to play a game of “hide & seek”. While switched off the white bulbs seem to hide between the wooden dowels but once switched on the wood seems to hide behind the light.
To escape from the right angle, glorified by the modernists, Tiago decided to use a different point of departure. 100 degrees is the key measurement of this piece. It represents the most comfortable angle for the back support. It is also used to measure the angle of the cut for each different section of the chair. Thus, it becomes a leitmotif that unifies the structure of the whole piece.
The Enterprise Chair was presented at ABC Art Fair in Berlin as part of the initial public stock offering installation of the New Dirty Enterprises, a project proposed both as a conceptual art work and a revolutionary cause. The Enterprise Chair is made from standard aluminium stock, cut and welded.
THIERRY table express several motifs that we look towards in our design practice, which at its heart is a desire to elevate everyday objects through a celebration of natural materials, unexpected colourways and a fascination with trompe l’oeil.
Often inspired by the playful elegance typified by the golden age of Italian design from the mid-20th century, Campbell- Rey have sought to create something that feels joyful and irreverent, yet firmly rooted in its materiality.
Crafted by hand in Carrara and London, this side table represents a new direction as they continue to expand their practice into the physical space.
FILTER is a series of lighting which utilises the material properties of HI- MACS combined with cast resin to filter
a light source, highlighting the material’s hidden qualities. Patterns and colours which do not reveal themselves when the light is in its off-state are exposed and celebrated once the lights are lit-up.
Unusual and unpleasant shapes, unusual and unpleasant textures, obscure matter deposits. Far Deep Void is a collection of sculptural vases literally emerging from a block of Polystyrene. The block is first melted in the inside through acetone to obtain a partially controlled void, where the owing of a mass of concrete eaves some of its fluid on the inner rough surface, in the form to a thin layer. The block is later melted down from the outside leaving the hardened concrete shape emerge and reveal, rendering the unknown void shape visible and touchable. Melted polystyrene, once lost his recognizable aspect, becomes part of the final object partly covering it, leaving a permanent trace of its genesis and of the process itself.
TUFTY, presented at Salone Del Mobile 2017, reinterprets original motifs and colors of oriental carpets in contemporary form. Touch screen allows to paint with fingers and it generates a new kind of organic, multicolored shapes.
To design TUFTY, Galliot chose to play with typical parts of oriental carpets (central medallion, pendants, field, main border, outer secondary border, fringes). While depicting successively these parts on her iPad, she explored - distorted, disguised - the traditional motifs to finally deliver her own versions of a carpet.
DERMIDERMA is a selection of organic self-growing objects with a function. This series of plants grow as a single bench, console or stacked shelving system to display the organisms of the future. Each of the units can be stacked for a height size of choice. Specially sized commissions also available on request.