Thursday, May 01, 2014

Milan: Furniture Fair - Palazzo Clerici: Caesarstone – Studio Formafantasma – WWMPIII – Golran


Photograph by Tom Mannion courtesy Caesarstone

Palazzo Clerici: Caesarstone. Caesarstone presented at Palazzo Clerici Islands designed by Raw-Edges Design Studio, an interactive installation focusing on food and dining within the domestic environment.

Caesarstone – Raw Edges Design Studio.  A unique food concept, designed by Raw Edges in collaboration with French/American chef Alice Delcourt, further explores the installation's design concept and brings it to life by engaging with the audience and highlighting the enjoyment and significance of preparing food in a Caesarstone kitchen.

Caesarstone.  Chef Alice Delcourt, of Italy’s Erba Brusca, who collaborated on the project, developed a concept menu prepared on site, demonstrating the fundamental synergy between the cook and chef, food and utensils, and the overriding interaction with the surface of the kitchen.

Seen at Palazzo Clerici Sam Baron

Palazzo Clerici: Sutdio Formafantasma – de Natura Fossilium. "Mount Etna is a mine without miners – it is excavating itself to expose its raw materials."  Studio Formafantasma, in collaboration with Gallery Libby Sellers, presented at Palazzo Clerici ‘De Natura Fossilium’, an investigation into the culture of lava in the Mount Etna and Stromboli regions of Sicily, two of the last active volcanoes in Europe.   With ‘De Natura Fossilium’ Studio Formafantasma investigates the cultures surrounding this particularly Sicilian experience to bring both the landscape and the forces of nature together as facilities for production. From the more familiar use of basalt stone to their extreme experiments with lava in the production of glass and the use of volcanic fibers for textile, Formafantasma’s explorations and the resulting objects realize the full potential of the lava as a material for design.
Above. Big Pillar, In homage to Ettore Sottsass, the great maestro of Italian design and an avid frequenter of the volcanic Aeolian islands.

 Studio Formafantasma’s Simone Farresin and Andrea Trimarchi

Studio Formafantasma – de Natura Fossilium. Geometric volumes have been carved from basalt and combined with fissure-like structural brass elements to produce stools, coffee tables and a clock.

Palazzo Clerici: Bart Hess -WWMP III - Work With Me People, part III. Bart Hess, the Dutch designer known for combining material studies, animation and photography in a surrealist manner, together with Work With Me People (part III) in collaboration with Mu Eindhoven, invited the audience for an intensive collaboration, creating new fabrics for Bart’s 'high end' clients in the fashion world. “Would you like to lend us a hand stamping rubber scales that may soon be appearing on the catwalks at Milan or Paris?” he asked.

Bart Hess - WWMP III.  Hess’s futuristic materials and textures often blur the boundary between textile and skin, human and new species, which has seen him design for the likes of Lady Gaga and Lucy McRae to name a few.

Palazzo Clerici:  Golran.  The Golan carpet Lake Collection designed by Raw Edges Design Studio was conceived as a second reading of the Persian rug.  It takes its inspiration from the lenticular Israeli artist Yaacov Agam who, together with Victor Vasarely, revolutionized the world of optic perception in art.
 An iridescent collection, capable of moving from the vivid colors of daytime to the less bright shades of the evening, just like the mirror of water of a lake, “agam” in Hebrew, changes its reflection.  As the designers explain: “Imagine a rug that looks very vivid and colorful when you leave home, but the very same rug will appear more relaxing and calming when coming back from work. It is like having two approaches for one thing, two different ways to look at it but then when standing at the right place, you could actually see the whole picture. This may sound like illusion confusion but it is all based on existing op-art lenticular technique that thanks to Golran, and their craftsmen in Nepal, has been translated into marvelous rug making. The graphic of the first series is based on traditional Kilim, but here in varying heights of pile technique”.
photograph courtesy Golran
Raw Edges Design Studio - Yael Mer  and Shay Alkalay
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