Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Milan: Furniture Fair – Istituto dei Ciechi - Wonderglass and Established and Sons

Istituto dei Ciechi:  Wonderglass.  Revealing three ambitious new designs set in a beautiful Italian palazzo, experimental lighting design studio Wonderglass celebrates its first anniversary at the Salone del Mobile. Wonderglass has continued to draw on the time-honoured expertise of Venetian master glassblowers, introducing a contemporary approach with the collaboration of artists and designers of international renown, and the most advanced research in lighting technology.
Above. John Pawson – Sleeve. Pawson’s design sets one hand-blown glass cylinder within another, the outer cylinder flaring into a refined disc lip at its lower edge. The lamp casts light downwards, but its clear body also glows along its entire length.

Wonderglass: Nao Tamura – Flow(T). ‘Flow[T]‘ is a contemporary chandelier inspired by the colors of the Venetian lagoon and customized to the desires of each owner. Each piece enjoys its own shape, and in multiples, they create a sculptural display of lighting.

Istituto dei Ciechi: Established and Sons:  Established  and Sons celebrates a decade of design with new collaborations from the worlds of fashion, art and architecture.
Above. Delphine and Reed Krakoff – Felt Series.  The archetypical furniture forms reinvented in soft felt, have beautifully considered stitch detailing.  As with any fashion classic form, elegance and style remain constant.

Established and Sons: Philippe Malouin – Mollo. Composed entirely of foam, the Mollo armchair designed by Philippe Malouin simple form provides exceptional comfort using exaggerated stitches to delineate the sear, arms and backrest.

Established and Sons:  Tord Boonjte – Buzz lamp.  The pendant lamp has a hanging honeycomb structure made with perforated brass to form a beehive that radiates a dramatic silhouette.
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