Milan - FF 2013 – Gaia and Gino – Verreum. Gaia and Gino, the Turkish luxury interior accessories brand’s entrepreneur Gaye Cevikel announced the joint venture with Verreum, the Czech silver glassware company in Milan with two new parallel collections shown within Wallpaper Handmade exhibition space at the Leclettico gallery. Gaye Cevikel, creator of Gaia and Gino is also the creative director at Verreum.
Above: Gaia and Gino’s Gaye Cevikel with her designers, Marco Susani, Defne Koz, Sebastian Herkner, Gaye, Noe Duchaufour Lawrence, Arik Levy, Brad Ascalon, Sebastian Bergne and Tom Lloyd.
Gaia and Gino - Karim Rashid and his Hooka. “The form of Hookah was inspired by the movement of the Whirling Dervishes, a ceremonial dance by the Turkish culture. The flow of their garments, conical fez hats and widespread arms are an iconic sign of this unique culture. With Hooka, I wanted to nod to this amazing dance as well as make a beautiful Hookah.”
Gaia and Gino - Brad Ascalon with his Dusk table lamp. “The inspiration for my first collaboration with Gaia and Gino was rooted in the architecture of Istanbul. The beauty of the ancient monuments are reiterated in the dome motif of the lamp, while the materials combine to tell the story of a more progressive architecture and spirit residing amongst the history. This lamp merges dichotomies of old and new, traditional and modern, complexity and simplicity.”
Gaia and Gino – Tom Lloyd of Pearson Lloyd with Play Range, candleholders. Pearson Lloyd have combined the age old ritual of eating by candlelight, with man’s inner desire for play.
sketch courtesy Verreum
Verreum – Chado Tea set designed by Sebastian Herkner. “The tea set was designed for the celebration of drinking tea. The origin of its name Chado is based on the Japanese designation of the tea ceremony. It is a set of archaic and simple designed objects. My aim was to concentrate on the materials like silvered glass and colored frosted glass combined with marble and brass.”
Verreum - Defne Koz and Marco Susani with Aurora coffee set. “You, me, the smell of coffee. A good morning. What can we do to make this morning even better? Maybe a couple of precious, magic, shiny, silver cups for our coffees? Maybe a tray to hold them together? Maybe a tall cup to hold the small precious espresso high on a pedestal, building a monument to it?”
Gaia and Gino – Noe Duchaufour Lawrence with Flux table lamp. “These series of two lights evoke glass as it is being blown. The central glass column represents air as it passes through the material. Its uplifting shape is developed in three formats, from the most discreet to the most sculptural. The marble base recalls the mineral origins of glass.”
Verreum – Champagne wine set designed by Sebastian Bergne. “A functional range of thermally insulated serving objects with the calm quality of geometric sculpture. The seemingly unstable volumes in mirrored glass appear to be supported by their metal shadows.”
Verreum – Arik Levy with Drop vases. “I was always fascinated with the quicksilver drops and remember that when the old thermometer broke on the floor I was looking for these drops. The amazing surfaces tension and reflection as well as the sensation of it as if it is still liquid. Juxta-positioning the different sizes together like a table sculpture installation reflecting one into the other as well as the surrounding environment is a delight. Planting cacti or flowers into the holes gives life to the installation as well as generous reflections of colors and forms. Enjoy.”
Gaye Cevikel and Jaime Hayon
photograph courtesy Gaia and Gino
Gaia and Gino – Hookhayon, Hooka. “The Hookhayon is a contemporary vision for the Turkish tradition of smoking. Its delicate design is based on the use of soft and feminine shapes, and the contrast of material: quality wood and blown glass along with metal components. The transparency of the glass and the simplicity of its handle create a unique interaction with the piece. Its monochromatic approach is accompanied by a change of material for every function. The elegance and glamour of smoking in a pipe is visible through the attention to the details the piece unveils.”