Saturday, April 29, 2017

Milano #MDW2017 – Cos X Studio Swine – New Spring Installation

Photograph courtesy Cos

Cos X Studio Swine – New Spring Installation

New Spring is an interactive installation and multi-sensory experience in a 1930's disused cinema in Milan, a collaboration between Cos and Studio Swine. The installation presents ephemeral materials in a strange new context; delicate mist-filled ‘blossoms’ that disappear on contact with skin, but can be held by visitors wearing special gloves. Producing these blossoms is the installation’s bold centerpiece, a tree-like sculpture that references the ornate chandeliers of Italian palazzos and the architectural features of Milanese columns and arches.

“Inspired by the cherry blossoms of Japan
we wanted to create a special moment that brings
people together. A fleeting experience that
evokes fragility and changing of the seasons.”
Studio Swine
- Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers -

Japanese architect Azusa Murakami and British artist Alexander Groves. Creating works that span across disciplines of art, design and film, Studio Swine explores themes of regional identity and the future of resources in the context of globalization.   It’s work manifests a deep research into materials and modern industrialization.

 Cos X Studio Swine – New Spring Installation

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Milan #MDW2017 - Euroluce – Lighting – Studio Formafantasma – Jochen Holz – BCXSY – Atelier Robotiq - Piet Hein Eek – Veronese -Giopato and Coombes – Luca Nichetto Ben Gorham - Salviati

Lighting - Studio Formafantasma – Foundation

The show at Spazio Krizia was conceived as a display of studies and the groundwork for current and future developments in the field of lighting. While the finished objects are formally developed and define a new, more industrial direction for the studio, the experiments demonstrate the duo’s intuitive and research-based process. The lights, above, fitted with a crystalline, polycarbonate lens suspended under a LED light source, are designed to cast a perfect round reflection on the floor. When using the very symbol of sculptural materials — bronze — the designers apply its most basic characteristics: weight and reflectiveness. In this way, ‘Foundation’ highlights the studio’s consistent focus on rethinking object typologies through material investigations.

Formafantasma - Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin

Lighting - Formafantasma - Foundation

Elements, which at first appear sculptural, reveal a specific intent on closer inspection. Responding to the lack of color saturation during the winter months, the designers created three objects which cast brightly-tinted reflections on walls, through the use of layered dichroic glass. 

Lighting - Jochen Holz – Cumuli

Cumuli designed by Jochen Holz is a neon light installation using free blown, oversized borosilicate tubing to create a unique immersive light environment.  Like luminous clouds, the organically shaped wide diameter neons emit a mesmerizing fluffy light and subtle changes of tonal reflective qualities.

Gallerist Salvatore Lanteri

 Lighting – BCXSY – OOO- Out of Order - Atelier Robotiq

Out Of Order is a series of light fixtures, which is the result of a collaboration between BCXSY and Atelier Robotiq. For this collaboration the two design studios envisioned scenarios wherein the main character, a fiber-winding robot, gets bored of winding fiber pattern lamps all day, and drifts away to explore its own creativity. The result is the OOO - Out Of Order light, which starts with a balanced fiber pattern, and slowly runs out of order creating a chaotic pattern from the robot’s mind.

Alice Stori Lichtenstein, Boaz Cohen, Sayaka Yamamoto

Soren Blomaard

Lighting – Piet Hein Eek – Past and Future Collection


Piet Hein Eek, the Dutch designer with a mastery of upcycling used spare parts of hand blown glass from the 1931 established Veronese factory. The designer dreamed up a Meccano like principle of 40cm clear glass tubes, equipped with LED lighting. The tubes can be assembled to create a longer chandelier. Each segment carries a metal disc into which the fantastically diverse jewel -like spare parts can be slotted – an eclectic feast of styles and colors.
Lighting – Giopato and Coombes – Lace

 A light, elegant glass chain joined by metal rings with a matte gold-plated finish that contain the light source, an LED strip. An absolutely free structure in the composition, reflecting the great skill behind the workmanship and design of the individual parts. The name suggests the delicacy of the typical lace of the island of Burano, interpreted in glass.
Christopher Coombes and Cristiana Giopato

Lighting – Luca Nichetto and Ben Gorham – Strata - Salviati

A vision of transparency; colors and light. Strata, explores themes of modularity obtained through a layering of thin glass sheets, formed to fold into each other.
6.072 folded glass sheets – 506 lighting modules – 8 colors4 techniques

Luca Nichetto

Seen at Salviati Karim Rashid
Luca Nichetto and Ben Gorham – Strata – Salviati - detail 

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Milan #MDW2017 – Fondazione Luigi Rovati – Paul Cocksedge - Excavation: Evicted

Paul Cocksedge - Excavation: Evicted
 Fondazione Luigi Rovati 

Friedman Benda presented British designer Paul Cocksedge’s latest project in collaboration with Beatrice Trussardi.  Excavation: Evicted was shown at the site of Fondazione Luigi Rovati, which will become the city’s first private Etruscan museum. Excavation: Evicted is a physical and visual reaction to Cocksedge’s eviction from his London studio due to property development. The place the acclaimed designer has spent twelve years in, building his career, has been mined as a direct source for a new body of work.

Beatrice Trussardi and Paul Cocksedge

“Celebrate and release the tension and creative energy that’s shaped the space.”
Paul Cocksedge

Cocksedge drilled down into the studio’s floor to excavate material that he then transformed into five distinct furniture pieces. Each of these works documents, commemorates and preserves not only his own time in the location, but the building’s own history. 


“Intended as the last creative work to come out of the space, the pieces celebrate London’s reputation as a home for creativity – a status that is increasingly under threat as artists are displaced from their studios by property developers and rising rents. By creating pieces from the very fabric of one of London’s disappearing creative spaces, I hope to remind of the transient nature of both creative workers, and the places they inhabit. My Hackney studio will also accompany me to my new workspace, in the form of a work made from retrieved material.”
Paul Cocksedge

Paul Cocksedge - Excavation: Evicted

Not just a response to his situation, the project echoes socio-political and cultural upheavals affecting many strata of contemporary society across the globe. Creative life in London, one of the world’s great metropolises and cultural centers, is acutely affected by increasing property values. Coupled with the uncertainty of Brexit, it mirrors other cities where the global movement into urban areas is forcing change in daily life.


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Milano #MDW2017 – Wallpaper – NLXL Rijksmuseum Wallpaper - Calico wallpaper – Fabscarte


Wallpaper – NLXL Rijksmuseum Wallpaper
Presented by
Piet Hein Eek - RIJ-03 View Olinda

“By taking what’s there as a source of inspiration I try to connect past and future in a pragmatic and natural way.  Surprisingly enough this urge to do what’s obvious often provides innovative products and concepts.”

Wallpaper – Fabscarte

Martyn Thompson - Midnight Moondust
“Midnight Moondust is like a radiant night sky, with a semi blistered and burnished surface.” 

The wallpaper is inspired by the moon surface: on a layer aged with lacerations, indigo soil and coffee veilings cover the base; tridimensionality is given by copper powder that highlights the deeper arrears.  Silver spots and metal patinas appear on the whole surface.


Wallpaper - Calico Wallpaper
Faye Toogood – Woodlands, Fields, Moors Collection

Inspired by 17th century Rococo as well as the English landscape of her childhood, Toogood created a concept of enveloping an entire room with painted landscapes and hand-drawn black and white woodlands.

Wallpaper - Calico Wallpaper

BCXSY – Microcosmos Collection

BCXSY Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto’s Microcosmos, are elements-constructed wallpapers originating from enlarged images of bubbles, which appear like the incredible universes seen through the lenses of a microscope.
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Milano #MDW2017 – “Three Piece Lounge Suites” – Nilufar – Dimore Gallery – Erastudio Apartment Gallery - SOTOW

Three Piece Lounge Suite – Nilufar
Sofa and Two Armchairs – Joaquim Tenreiro – Brazil 1950
Wall Lamps – Michael Anastassiades – UK 2017
Pair Crane Bird Sculptures – China XIX Century
Jewelry Chest Prague Late XVIII century

Lounge  - Erastudio Apartment Gallery
Tre Pezzi Fake Fur Armchairs – Franco Albini for Cassina  -1959
Leopard Print Safari Sofa - Archizoom Associati for Poltronova – 1968
Perspex Sanremo Palm Lamp – Archizoom Associati - 1968

Erastudio Apartment Gallery  - Patrizia Tenti

Installation - Dimore Gallery – Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran
Small Vintage Armchairs  - flower motif fabric upholstery – Italy 1950s
Bespoke Dining Chandelier - BBPR – Italy 1965
Fabric Design - Emiliano Salci

SOTOW – Paolo Calcagni
Sire Sofa - printed to look like studded leather

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