Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Milan: Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura

Milan: Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura – Street Food.  California Bakery’s food truck was just one of a few food trucks out on the bright sunny days, perfect for eating al fresco.


Milan: Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura – Royal Academy of Art, The Hague NL. The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague presented Live Factory Make My Day, which consisted of three closely connected zones, which explored various notions of the production process. The human body and the relationship between the human body and its surrounding space were the connecting themes in the Live Factory.

Royal Academy of Art, The Hague NL: Nynke Koster – Coexist. In 1921 the then director of the Royal Academy of Art bought a copy of the world famous ‘Porta del Paradiso’ doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378-1455). These plaster doors are the basis of part of NynkeKoster’s graduation collection. Within this still developing collection Nynke Koster makes imprints of various spaces that she subsequently incorporates into objects. In Live Factory Make My Day part of a carpet can be seen. It is a negative of the eighth panel of the doors, The Fall of Jericho. The soft carpet is the result of a comprehensive reproduction process. After applying wax to the Ghiberti panels, Nynke Koster made a rubber mold, which she subsequently cast and lathered. In this work in progress Koster shows the current relevance of an art historical panel, while at the same time giving her own interpretation to the original object. 

Nynke Koster - The fall of Jericho "carpet"

Royal Academy of Art, The Hague NL: Nynke Koster and David in den Bosch.  Nynke Koster and David in den Bosch both graduated in 2013, respectively from the departments of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design and Photography. In Milan they presented a participatory project that reflects on the fast changing technological developments. The predictions are that within five years smartphones will have given way to convenient gadgets such as smartwatches and smartglasses. The designers want to catch and capture this historical moment by making casts of visitors’ hands holding a smartphone. The alienating forms that result from the casting refer to the way our bodies adjust to the technology we use. During Back Stage on Stage this project will result in a growing collection of documents that will in a few years’ time prove how we used to use our smartphones.

Royal Academy of Art, The Hague NL: Anouk van Klaveren. In Anouk van Klaveren’s project 000 004 Hypertrichosos 2.0 the required ingredients are taken from the visitors. Anouk van Klaveren uses human hair to create bow ties on stage. Thus a growing collection will arise during the Salone del Mobile. The production process resembles a factory assembly line. The work questions the current trend among fashion houses and shops for transparency about the production process and the origin of the base materials. Consumers increasingly want to know how things are produced and where they come from. But where does one draw the line?
Above. Renee Strikkeling Anouk van Klaveren and Yamuna Forzani.

Academy of Art Architecture and Design Prague: Tadeas Podracky. Artist and Designer Tadeas Podracky – Jaars, cut glass, wood and leather, 2013.

Academy of Art Architecture and Design Prague: Tadeas Podracky.  “I’m inspired by the works of Joseph Beuys, though in this piece I replaced some of the elements, like the torch in his works was replaced with the Czech crystal glass, which was then engraved." Tadeas Podracky.

Academy of Art Architecture and Design Prague: Tereza Galbara. Tereza Galbava – Ritual, sisal, cotton, 2013.


Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design: Lisa Maria Wandel, Franziska Zeller.  Lisa Maria Wandel, Franziska Zeller - Kollektion Muller, oakwood, brass, is an ensemble inspired by a traditional spring form pan. With its clamping lever lock, it is used for fixing the plug elements. Simple connections provide a fast and reversible installation without using additional tools. Legs and panels made out of oak wood and the fixing brass ring associate traditional material and modern production method of CNC milling.

 Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design: Julia Kortus. Julia Kortus – Material Beeswax. beeswax, cotton, linen, paper.In my master project I tried to find a new application for the almost forgot­ten material: beeswax. New tasks should change the con­sciousness of the material and change the appreciation of beeswax. I decided to use the material in its purest form and combined with organic cotton and papers. The natural, original application, the beeswax can be seperated from the other materials again, almost without residue. His incredible ­advantage, the ability to use it again and again, is not lost. It is the durability of the material. Only the form is lost in a short time. There is nothing else than the raw material beeswax. 
Francois Leblanc and Jose Levy

 Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura - Daniel Gonzalez. Argentinian artist Daniel Gonzalez site-specific installation, Criminal Aesthetic Fashion Soundsystem. Like a spaceship the sound system is a machine of music-aesthetic, full of color, music and lights that sings and tells stories through living space.  The installation includes fifty sculpture-speakers in different dimensions covered by a visionary iconography made of sequins and spray paint, all in unique pieces.


Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura – Little Owl Design.  Little Owl Design's Double Take glass box.  The theme of altering perceptions continues in the latest series called Double Take. Fragonard's Le Baiser engraving of a kissing couple has been altered so that the lovers are together when the box is together. Remove the lid, and the couple split, revealing a silhouette.  Made with borosilicate glass in the Czech Republic combining imagery of the eighteenth century with the latest technology in glass, Le Baiser is the first in a series of several designs.



Little Owl Design’s Bruce Wayland and Marcello De Simone with one of their wallpapers called London Sky 1755.



Little Owl Design – Night Sky wallpaper. Taking inspiration from a nineteenth century star chart of the Southern Hemisphere and eighteenth century etchings, a nocturnal sky of clouds and constellations.



Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura – Mindcraft14 – Nikoline Liv Andersen.  Nikoline Liv Andersen – The Dance of the Deaf and Dumb Eye, clothing sculptures with references to the three wise monkeys. With inspiration from the classic Japanese monkeys, which have been interpreted in the West as a naive attempt to shut out the outside world by refusing to see, hear or speak, these clothing sculptures contain visual references to the French court under Louis XVI, during whose reign excessive abundance and poor communication between nobility and citizenry led to the French Revolution. With this in mind, the monkey trinity is drawn into a contemporary rococo, where globalization is skewed by imbalanced capitalism, dangerous balances of power and a stubborn struggle between religion and freedom of speech. The monkeys become narrative symbols of today’s blind consumers and the historical Marie Antoinette.


Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura – Mindcraft14 – Marianne Nielsen. Marianne Nielsen – Flower Arrangement, an artificial arrangement of modeled plants made in glazed stoneware. In Flower Arrangement, Marianne Nielsen interprets a traditional source of inspiration, as flowers are a classic motif in the craft tradition. The emotional significance we attribute to flowers makes them particularly interesting for her to explore. The imitation of plants incorporates the contrast between nature and culture; the portrayed and the portraying. The works are more about manmade artifacts than about nature; the natural motif is used to highlight the material and the ceramic tradition.


Furniture Fair – Lambrate/Ventura – Mindcraft14 – Kristine Tillge Lund. Untitled study between three points in six directions by Kristine Tillge Lund, is a site-specific installation. Porcelain is commonly perceived as a precious material. The utilitarian porcelain objects that we use on a daily basis are often expensive and fragile; they are objects that we handle with care. This fragility, which is one of the most prominent and familiar qualities of porcelain, invites a particular behavior in our day-to-day interactions with the material.  Fragility is also the key quality and the point of departure for this piece, which consists of 600 porcelain rods leaning against two opposite walls. The installation presents a fragile material in a precarious set-up. The rods are as tall as an average adult.   Every year, the exhibition attracts thousands of visitors, which makes it a perfect place to carry out an experiment aimed at tracking how the visitors’ behavior is affected when they suddenly find themselves in an entire room that is precarious and fragile. 

  More Street Food - the Tramezzino food truck.


And last but not least! Head of Sevres and president of Designers Days Rene Jacques Mayer.

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