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.
The Eileen Gray show poster with Calder in the foreground.
The show started with her experiments in lacquer.
Above and below: some of her more decorative, early pieces.
They were showing many of her collages that were studies for rug designs.
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.
Below, ClassiCON’s Eileen Gray design reissues – a good preview of the originals I’d see in Paris a few days later…
Below, tables and rugs from MOROSO:
Below, very cool curtains by Petra Blaisse of InsideOutside for Knoll.
Below, shelving from Molteni & C.
Jaime Hayon, Konstantin Grcic and the Bouroullec Bros at MAGIS
New sideboard concept from PORRO:
The new Tadao Ando chair for Carl Hansen & Son.
Roll & Hill had a beautiful display
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).
Casamania was one of my favorite displays at Fuori Salone:
Vitra also had a nice show:
Fab at Most:
The Danish Chromatism exhibit at the Triennale:
Carl Hansen had a beautiful display of the iconic Wishbone chair and all of its components:
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.
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.
Showing in the same Ventura Lambrate Warehouse, was this table by Maria Scarpulla:
These chairs were also shown in the same space. Dali?
And this bench by ROOMS:
I also stopped in at 010-020 and saw some smaller scale works:
Woodstock by Jeroen van Leur
New textile collection ISH by Studio Mae Engelgeer:
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.
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.