Monday, May 07, 2007

Salone del Mobile 2007

Seen at the Elle Décor International Design Awards party. Patrizia and Patricia. That is Patrizia Moroso and Patricia Urquiola. Urquirola was there to accept two Elle Decor International Awards in the categories for Seating; Antibodi for Moroso and Floor Covering; Crochet with Eliana Gerotto for Paola Lenti.

Salone del Mobile Pero-Rho - Moroso. Here is the lounge chair Antibodi, designed by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso that won the best seating category at the Elle Decor international Awards. The non-upholstered chaise longue with seating covered in felt and cloth petals makes for a unique design in its genre.

Patricia Urquiola for Moroso. This year, Patricia Urquiola’s main project for Moroso is the Volant Range. In the Volant Range it is the fabric that defines and creates the product, in which she furthers her investigation into the skin of objects. “Poised between a Balenciaga dress and a Shogun costume, it uses the body as a base to be transformed. Lined for even greater comfort and attractiveness, it is an extremely elegant 'evening dress'.

A Detail: of the Volant chair and it’s “dress”, which bares the legs and reveals the contours of the body.

Seen at Moroso. This is the first project by Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien for Moroso. They bring together two different and complementary approaches to their work: Levien represents Europe while Doshi’s work is strongly influenced by her Indian roots. The couple work on the concept of the “unity of opposites”, combining unique handcrafting with industrially produced work, and are particularly interested in the design of non-western cultures.

Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien for Moroso. This Indian inspired daybed is called Charpoy which means “four legs”. It has a handmade cotton and silk mattress embellished by precious crafted embroidery. The decoration is a facsimile of a game, similar to drafts, which in India is reminiscent of the time of wars when kingdoms and wives were won as bets. All the women who worked on the project in Gururat in India have embroidered their names in Hindi on the edge of the mattress, which thus tells the story and origins.

The Cushion. Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levein have also designed a set of cushions embroidered with objects from their studio.

Seen at the Swarvoski Party. Ross Lovegrove was seen having a great time at the Swarovski party. This year he won the Elle Décor International Design Award in the Bath and Material category for his Istanbul collection for Vitra. Sadly, he was too busy to go and pick up his award at the Elle party.

Ross Lovegrove for Moroso. An addition to the Supernatural armchair and Supernatural table, we now have the Supernatural stackable chair designed by Ross Lovegrove for Moroso. “This new stackable chair has a structure that is the result of an evolution, more than a design process.” He explains. “It represents a new vision of form, generated by digital data, resulting in a chair to be used every day, slender, lively, healthy.”

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