Saturday, April 26, 2008

Milan Furniture Fair - Zona Tortona

Seen at the Swarovski Party. Hostess, Nadja Swarovski chats with Established and Sons’s CEO, Alasdhair Willis. Swarovski Crystal Palace pushed the boundaries of design with an exhibition of dramatic lifestyle environments by leading designers.

photograph courtesy Swarovski
Re by Zaha Hadid. Zaha Hadid’s design pushes the boundaries and preconceived notions of the chandelier redefining the nature of the object. Each Swarovski crystal can be considered an individual element that interrelates with, and responds to, every other crystal. Locked in a spiraling vortex, the crystals direction is determined by the forces of an explosion. The chandelier relates to, and interacts with, each new environment in a unique manner; constantly reinventing itself and offering exciting new possibilities with each installation.

Zaha Hadid. Zaha Hadid needs no introduction; she is the most notable British Iraqi deconstructivist. In 2004 she became the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

A detail. Zaha’s net boots by Martin Margiela.

Photograph courtesy Sawaya & Moroni
Zaha Hadid for Sawaya & Moroni. Z-Bowl designed by Zaha Hadid for Sawaya & Moroni is a sculptural object intended as a successful summary of the unmistakable style.

Marcel Wanders. Dutch designer, Marcel Wanders whose fame started with his iconic Knotted Chair, which he produced for Droog Design in 1995. Marcel fools around under the Shower Chandelier trying not to get wet!

Aqua Jewels by Marcel Wanders. Bisazza, the famous tile manufacturer, teamed up with Swarovski to create a mosaic wall designed by Marcel Wanders. The wall is encrusted with specially designed Swarovski crystal tiles. The mosaic wall is the backdrop for a shower room, which contains three Shower Chandeliers.

Seen at the Swarovski Crystal Palace Party. Marina and Fiona Swarovski.

Fredrikson Stallard. Since 1995 Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard have become internationally recognized as leading exponents of British Avant-Garde Design.

Cavern Collection by Fredrikson Stallard. Transcending convention, Fredrikson Stallard have created a collection of solid monolithic furniture forms in three different materials; concrete wood and leather. Perforated by cavernous openings, the interior surfaces are encrusted with thousands of Swarovski crystals and lit from within to add volume and density to the sculptures.

Paul Cocksedge. Paul Cocksedge is a rising star of lighting design; he creates visually spectacular and technically ingenious lights that celebrates the magical and transformative qualities of illumination.

Veil by Paul Cocksedge. Veil by Paul Cocksedge Studio is a four meters high curtain made of 1,440 Swarovski crystals. It creates an incredible visual illusion; when viewed through a mirror, the shimmering curtain reveals its hidden secret; an iconic image set within the canvas of crystals, and when the view looks back at the curtain, the image disappears.

A detail.
A reflection of the “hidden secret”, the Mona Lisa.

Front Design. The Swedish group, Front Design consists of four designers: Anna Lindgren, Charlotte von der Lancken, Katja Savstrom and Sofia Lagerkvist. They take their inspiration from animals, physics, surroundings and materials.

Random by Front Design Front Design experimented with Swarovski crystal and hand blown glass to create a series of visually innovative vases and lights, of which no two are alike.

Front Design at Spazio Rossana Orlandi. Front Design showed sketched pieces of furniture, hand drawn like materialized illustrations at the Spazio Rossana Orlandi.
Pin It