Saturday, May 05, 2007

Salone del Mobile 2007

Zona Tortona – at Mooi. Marcel Wanders was all over the place. How does he do it? The first time I saw him, he was being interviewed on the Moooi stand. He is art director, as well as, designer for the company. He is sitting on a Mooi Boutique (Diary fabric) seater, designed by him. The naked sofa can be covered with a series of creative, detailed and stylish “dresses”. And, you can also choose the legs for your sofa from an assortment of modern or antique looking ones. With the covers and legs you can create up to sixty different variations. The Bamboo Lamp is designed by Committee and has unique pull switch handles that dangle like earrings beneath the bold gathered shade. The two Clip-Chairs in the foreground are designed by Blasius Osko and Oliver Deichmann. They are foldable lounge chairs. This simple design not only makes the chair highly practical, but also creates a sculptural object, whether folded or open.

At Marcel Wanders – personal editions Milan 2007. This solo Marcel Wanders exhibition exemplified Marcel’s personal views on his humanistic approach to design. He explains his concept, “In this installation, I wanted to go beyond the sentiments and needs of daily life to create a sense of wonder and find a new space for design. I wanted to create intimate personal objects, close to my heart, close to my hands; from my studio, straight to you. Design is a tool that allows us to reach out and inspire, to touch others and help make lives magic and wonderful.” The extra, extra large, Big Ben bell are like “Girls in fancy dresses floating through a room dressed up as silent bells absorbing the music in their dance of lightness. On the little table, two One Minute Delft Blue porcelain vases.

photograph courtesy Kartell

At Kartell. Marcel Wanders designed these glamorous Stone stools for Kartell. The low stool reminds us of an hourglass. The surface has a multitude of reflecting geometrical cuts which create outstanding light effects and an exceptional play on color, similar to that of a cut diamond.

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