Monthly Archives: April 2013

Eileen Gray at Centre Pompidou 2013

On my way back from the furniture fair in Milan, I took the overnight train to Paris (less romantic than it sounds) so I could see the Eileen Gray show at Centre Pompidou.  In true nerd-form, I spent hours poring over the items on display. It was a Monday morning at the museum and not very crowded. I took photos of everything I was allowed to photograph. Below are some highlights.

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The show started with her experiments in lacquer.

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Above and below: some of her more decorative, early pieces.

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They were showing many of her collages that were studies for rug designs.

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Best of Salone de Mobili 2013 – @Fuori

 

Casamania

Above and below are images of a new storage collection from Casamania called “Toshi,” designed by Luca Nichetto.   Toshi  is a collection of sectional storage units inspired by Japanese simplicity of constructions forming the skyline.  I really like the subtle colors and different scales of grids on the surfaces of the cabinets.

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Below, ClassiCON’s Eileen Gray design reissues – a good preview of the originals I’d see in Paris a few days later…

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Below, tables and rugs from MOROSO:

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Below, very cool curtains by Petra Blaisse of InsideOutside for Knoll.DSC02363 DSC02375

Below, shelving from Molteni & C.

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Jaime Hayon, Konstantin Grcic and the Bouroullec Bros at MAGISDSC02402 traffic01 DSC02398 DSC02397 DSC02399

New sideboard concept from PORRO:

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The new Tadao Ando chair for Carl Hansen & Son.

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Roll & Hill had a beautiful display

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Chromatism Trend

The exhibit designers at this year’s Salone in Milan looked to a spring fashion trend for inspiration (see Gucci’s Spring 2013 runway show).

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Casamania was one of my favorite displays at Fuori Salone:

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Vitra also had a nice show:

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Fab at Most:

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The Danish Chromatism exhibit at the Triennale:

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Carl Hansen had a beautiful display of the iconic Wishbone chair and all of its components:

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Ventura Lambrate 2013

I just returned today from a quick trip to Milan for the Salone, followed by a quick overnight train to Paris to see the Eileen Gray show at the Pompidou. All in all it was an inspiring long weekend trip, and somewhat of a whirlwind.  Here I will post some favorites from Ventura Lambrate, which is a spin off of the main fair, showing younger designers and artists. It’s a nice balance to go between the very established furniture houses at Fuori  and the more conceptual, design driven Lambrate.

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I had the pleasure of meeting Sophie and Rolf from Studio Roso. They are sculptors who work at varying scales – here they tried their hand at furniture and came up with some very playful and beautifully crafted pieces.

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Showing in the same Ventura Lambrate Warehouse, was this table by Maria Scarpulla:

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These chairs were also shown in the same space.  Dali?

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And this bench by ROOMS:

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I also stopped in at 010-020 and saw some smaller scale works:

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Woodstock by Jeroen van Leur

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New textile collection ISH by Studio Mae Engelgeer:

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These Grand cabinets by Mathieu Gustafsson and Niklas Karlssonwere inspired by the detailing of woven rattan and brass clasps seen in vintage handbags, specifically Palmgrens.

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Radio Collection Display

I have been designing an office space on the upper east side for a therapist – it’s just about finished now!  She collects antique bakelite radios and wanted to display them in her new space. I designed these floating walnut shelves on a walnut wall.  The wall material is actually flooring from LV floors.