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 Lindsey Adelman's chandelier for Nilufar Gallery

A new variation of Adelman's 'Cherry Bomb Fringe’ series will be on display with Nina Yashar’s Nilufar gallery for Salone del Mobile. Find this work with Nilufar's Depot at Viale Lancetti 34, Milan.

Lindsey Adelman's chandelier and pendant at Nike's Nature of Motion exhibition

Adelman is also showing new work in a exhibition curated by Nike titled, "The Nature of Motion."
This group show brings together ten designers who created works looking at motion. Adelman's featured new works mix light with motion through integrating programed vibrations.
Find "The Nature of Motion" at Via Orobia 15, Milan.

 Broom's Salone del Automobile.

During Salone del Mobile the London based designer, Lee Broom, is displaying new work throughout Milan in a repurposed, and refinished, delivery van. Broom has titled his mobile exhibition, "Salone del Automobile."

Lee Broom's Optical Collection.

Lee Broom’s new series, “Optical”, will feature globe pendants and globe floor lamps with a pattern of disjointed black stripes as a throwback style to the 1990’s.

Broom's Salone del Automobile. 

Broom explains his inspiration as, “[The Optical series is] really inspired by the period in which I grew up in.” And Broom continues, “I guess my first real foray into interiors was decorating my own bedroom in the early 90s and Optical really reflects the monochrome graphics and mood of that era.”

 

Lee Broom will stop through Salone del Mobile in Salone del Automobile.

Broom’s mobile display will stop at Brera Design District, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Zona Tortona, San Gregorio Docet, Ventura Lambrate and more. You can track the pop up gallery on http://www.leebroom.com/ during Salone del Mobile.

Luteca's Tuyyo's chair at the Wallpaper* Handmade Exhibition
For Salone del Mobile 2016, Latin American influenced contemporary furniture company Luteca has revived Pedro Ramírez Vázquez design for the Tuyyo Chair.

Wallpaper Handmade Exhibition Logo 
The love seat is showing in Wallpaper* Magazine's Handmade Exhibition, along with other specifically commissioned objects including furniture, fashion and food in the shows 7th year running.
Find the Wallpaper Handmade Exhibition at The Arcade, via San Gregorio 43.

The Restaurant by Tom Dixon and Ceasarstone

Tom Dixon’s upcoming “Materiality” series of lighting, furniture and accessories premieres in Milan during Salone del Mobile.

Tom Dixon's invitation to the Restaurant


Tom Dixon writes:
“For Milan 2016 we present THE RESTAURANT, a collaboration with Caesarstone where four futuristic kitchens and four radical Tom Dixon dining halls collide in a late baroque deconsecrated church in central Milan.”

Base half of Tom Dixon's invitation to the Restaurant


The Restaurant will exhibit lines from Materiality, which are inspired by essential aspects of Tom Dixon’s design. These product lines include Curve, Fade and Copper.

Tom Dixon descibes Curve, Fade and Copper in his official invitation to “The Restaurant.”

Tom Dixon's Curve on display

CURVE a new geometrical light that pushes the boundaries of thin sheet etched metal fabrication. With its microscopic precision-pierced surface and soft nickel silver coating Curve internally reflects and emits a filtered glow of ethereal light.

Tom Dixon's Fade Line


FADE a blow moulded polycarbonate light cannon. Its teardrop shape focuses the light bulb’s output into a satisfyingly round and luminous circle. The metalised finish is unusual as it graduates from completely reflective to transparent in an even fade along the body of the light.

Tom Dixon Copper

COPPER the familiar sphere gets squashed then stretched to create a new pair of complimentary forms in the trademark mirrored copper, allowing new clusters to be formed, lower ceilings to be illuminated or narrow corridors to be colonised by the Copper family.

And to complete “The Restaurant”, Tom Dixon and Caesarstone will fully immerse designers by serving different courses “in each space, curated by Italian food design studio Arabeschi di Latte.”

Tom Dixon describes the full planned exhibit as:
“An utterly unique experience where you can eat, slow down and enjoy the latest ideas in Materiality, Luminosity and Texture.”

Diamond X Chandelier
For Salone del Mobile, New York based Stickbulb has collaborated with Italian gallery, Spazio Rossana Orlandi to display their first limited edition design, the X Diamond Chandelier.

Diamond X Chandelier joints

Stickbulb describes the limited production nine foot diameter chandelier as “a celebration of hexagonal and octahedral forms in nature.” 

Diamond X invitation

This Chandelier consists of 60 3-foot-long-maple wood bulbs which are connected by cast brass joints. The X Diamond is constructed in an edition of 25 and will be on display at Spazio Rossana Orlandi.

Invitation for Stickbulb with Fantini

For their second installment at Salone del Mobile, Stickbulb is at the Fantini booth in Fiera Milano. Together they will be offering a custom multiple pendant, designed with Piero Lissoni, achitect and creative director for Fantini. Stickbulb explains that this Multiple Pendant “can be configured with a custom number of pendants in same or differing lengths ranging from 4 to 12ft.” Fantini’s booth is located in Hall 22 at Stand C22, C27. 

Mater at Salone del Mobile

Denmark based Mater Design is unveiling several new products at Salone del Mobile.
Mater details their exhibition, stating, “The founder of Mater, Henrik Marstrand, [is] presenting the new Accent Tables by SPACE Copenhagen, a new LED pendant by the Finnish designer Maija Puoskari as well as the debut of our collaboration with Kvadrat Textiles.”

Mater also debuted a line of classic Danish designs during Salone del Mobile. Mater explains that these “re-launched” designs from the 1950s are being produced as a “tribute to the designers and architects that created the foundation upon which modern Danish design is today.”
Find Mater at Hall 10 Stand B05.

Twentieth mourns Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid, award winning architect and designer, passed away early this morning, March 31st, 2016, of a heart attack. Hadid was 65.

Born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1950, Hadid went on to study at the American University of Beirut and in 1972 joined the Architectural Association in London.

Hadid began her own practice based out of London in 1979, and has since earned contracts all over the globe for her innovative concepts, including buildings and furniture.

Through these projects, Hadid received prestigious awards, such as the 2016 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture from the Royal Institute of British Architects and was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

In 2012 Zaha earned the title of Dame, when she was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. 

Zaha Hadid’s concepts are an inspiration to those looking towards the future of design.

Marcel Wanders:Portraits

“Marcel Wanders: Portraits” opened February 25th at the Friedman Benda Gallery in New York City.
Based out of the Netherlands, Wanders is co-founder and art director of Moooi.

Wanders' premieres a variety of new work at Portraits

Although Wanders’ fine art and design work is housed in several permanent museum collections, including MoMA NY and The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, “Portraits” represents two firsts for the artist. Friedman Benda is the first gallery to host Wanders for a solo gallery exhibition and this presentation of his work will offer an unsceen glimpse at Wanders’ darker side in a variety of fine art works that are less utilitarian and more ornamental.

Wanders explains, “My design work has always been about positivity, respect, love and trust. However, this output doesn’t fully represent me as a person. For me, it is also important to produce work that explores a different sensitivity and addresses other aspects of my life and character, otherwise it would feel incomplete.”

Wanders' Digital video compilation Athanasius 1 to 3.

As the name suggests, one aspect of “Portraits” depicts beautifully rendered creatures coming to life in the three part digital video installation “Athanasius,” which Wanders has composed from rose petals. The images appear as if they sprout to life and are very remeniscent of the 16th century painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

 Wanders' one minute sculpture out of ceramic.

Other works shown in “Portraits” include a line up of quick sculptures that are composed similar to Lucio Fontana’s ceramics of the mid 20th century. Wanders describes these sculptures in the show as “free-form 3-D sketches of lost pets.” Some are gilded in gold and others are glazed.

Marcel Wanders - "Virtual Interiors - Cottonwood Spa, Cottonwood, USA"

Wanders’ has also included a digital video collage named “Virtual Interiors” which touches on the wondrous and futuristic interiors that he envisions. In an article on 1stdibs about the show, Wanders explains “I started to make interiors that traded reality for eternity,” and he continues, “[These interior spaces] will be good forever, because they will never be built.”

Wanders' Shiqule Nuhai Ceramic Vases, 2016.

Wanders has also expanded on his well known ceramic collection, Delft Blue, with new pieces like Shiqule Nuhai. Standing 63 inches high and 25 inches wide, the two massive ceramic urns play towards the show’s overall arching theme of darkness, and makes the spectator wonder whether the flowers are living on water or actually drawing nutrients from the ashes within.

Tempter, bronze and rubber, 2016

And lastly is Tempter, “an over-sized adult rocking unicorn cast in bronze with metal chain stirrups.” This piece perfectly completes the show as fans of Wanders will recognize this as an interpretation from his solid wood rocking chair, Arion. Once again showing that Wanders is not just about “positivity, respect, love and trust” but instead is a true visionary and artist not afraid of going deep within his own personal emotions and connecting to a side that is not as mainstream as the work we normally associate with him.

“Marcel Wanders: Portraits” runs until April 9, 2016 at Friedman Benda.

Marcel Wanders headshot

Marcel Wanders is a product and interior designer who drew international recognition for his Knotted Chair produced by Droog Design in 1996. His work is ubiquitous; designing for leading international companies such as Flos, Alessi, Puma, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, MAC Cosmetics, Cappellini, B&B Italia, Moroso and Target. Wanders also designs for architectural projects, such as the Kameha Grand hotel in Bonn, the Mondrian South Beach hotel in Miami and the Villa Moda store in Bahrain. In addition to running his studio, Wanders is cofounder and Artistic Director of the successful design label Moooi (2001).

He exhibits widely and his work is included in such significant museum collections as MoMA New York, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the V&A Museum, London. Wanders has further published numerous books and is extensively profiled in the global media, appearing in such publications as the New York Times, Domus, The Financial Times and Wallpaper Magazine.

Find more details on the show at:
http://www.friedmanbenda.com/exhibitions/current/marcel-wanders-portraits

And on 1stdibs at:
http://www.1stdibs.com/introspective-magazine/marcel-wanders

The London Design Festival was conceived by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans. Building on London's existing design activity, their concept was to create an annual event that would promote the city's creativity, drawing in the country's greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to deliver an unmissable celebration of design.

Below are highlights of Twentieth's designers and their contributions to this years London Design Festival.

TOM DIXON Eight weeks in the making Tom Dixon's Multiplex is an immersive, "multi-sensory department store of tomorrow", divided into sections dedicated to technology, art, cars, food, and fashion. Called Multiplex because of its layers, it is an exciting new take on both the concept of a department store and the concept of a pop-up, aimed to predict "the future of shopping" and immersing visitors senses in sound, smell, taste, and feel. The London Design Festival is home to Tom Dixon.

Tom Dixon's furniture furnishes the Multiplex.

The Multiplex by Tom Dixon.

The Multiplex Layout.

LEE BROOM Earlier this year at Milan Design Week, Lee Broom created The Department Store. Following its success Broom presented The Flower Shop, the installation celebrated the launch of his new Podium Vases and pieces displayed in Milan. The Flower Shop.

Fulcrum and Crescent Lights illuminating Lee Brooms Podium Vases.

EDWARD BARBER & JAY OSGERBY BARBER AND OSGERBY Recipients of the London Design Medal, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby spoke of the importance of design to world capitols. They stated that London is reaching a "tipping point" that could lead to the demise of its world-famous creative scene, similar to what has happened to New York.

JULIAN MAYOR

STRIPED ORGANIC LOOP CHAIR BY JULIAN MAYOR British designer Julian Mayor presents his new Striped Organic Loop Chair as part of this years London Design Festival. The fiberglass chair is constructed using three planes and features a graphic pattern that references military dazzle ships.

A detail of the hand painted stripes.

MOOOI MOOOI LONDON Moooi presented iconic and decorative designs at their London Showroom. It was the perfect place for architects and design professionals to experience the Moooi collection.

Lee Broom is one of the UK's leading product and interior designers. Working closely with talented traditional British manufacturers since 2007 he has released over 75 furniture and lighting products. With a background in both theatre and fashion, The Guardian commented "Lee Broom is to furniture what Marc Jacobs or Tom Ford is to fashion."

RING LIGHT A polished brass sphere, pierced by a dimmable circular fluorescent tube to form Ring Light, a pendant of simplicity and elegance.

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