ITALIAN CARLTON BOOKCASE BY ETTORE SOTSASS

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The Carlton bookcase was designed by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano in 1981 and was made circa 1990. This historical piece can also be seen in the Museum of Modern Art New York.

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Born in Innsbruck, Austria in 1917, architect-designer Ettore Sottsass grew up in Milan. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic of Turin, graduating in 1939. As a member of the Italian army, Sottsass spent most of World War II in a Yugoslavian concentration camp. After the war, he returned to Milan and opened his first studio in 1947. Like most Italian designers in these years, he focused on activities to help the postwar reconstruction efforts, including exhibition design.

In 1958, he began working with Olivetti, for whom he designed multiple landmark objects—including Valentine, the brand’s iconic 1969 red plastic typewriter—and transformed the large, cold electronics and office machinery of the day into playful, accessible objects of desire.

During the 1960s, Sottsass spent time in both India, where he was deeply affected by the country’s vibrant colors and mythologies, and the U.S., where he embraced pop art culture. These influences can be seen in Sottsass’s ceramic designs through the rest of his life.

In 1973, he cofounded Global Tools, an experimental design collective, alongside Gaetano PesceAlessandro Mendini, and others. During the ’70s, he collaborated with Alessi, Baccarat, and Knoll, designing everyday items like condiment sets and decanters. Other manufacturers that Sottsass designed for include ArtemideBitossi, O-Luce, Poltronova, Skipper, Stilnovo, and Zanotta.

In 1980, he formed the architecture/design firm Sottsass Associati. In 1981, he founded the Memphis Group, an influential, flamboyant design firm known for its brightly colored post-modern furniture, ceramics, and lighting. He remained with the Group until 1985, at which point he turned his attentions again to architecture. He died at the age of 90.

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Model : ITALIAN CARLTON BOOKCASE

Designer : ETTORE SOTSASS

Editor : MEMPHIS GROUP

Period : 1980-1989

Origin : ITALY

Material :  WOOD LAMINATE

Dimension : L 191 x D 41 x H 196 cm

 

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RE-TROUVE CHAIR BY PATRICIA URQUIOLA

The Re-Trouvé collection originates in traditional forms rediscovered and reinterpreted with cleverness and originality by Patricia Urquiola. Re-Trouvé furniture conveys elegance and character in both classic contexts and contemporary settings. Geometric designs consisting of repeated diamond-shaped patterns create unusual and charming forms. Re-Trouvé blends naturally in every outdoor setting.

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Model : RE-TROUVE CHAIR

Designer : PATRICIA URQUIOLA

Editor : EMU

Period : 2017

Origin : ITALY

Dimension : L 66 x D 60 x H 78 cm

 

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MELT PENDANT COPPER BY TOM DIXON

 

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Tom Dixon’s intriguing Melt pendant light was designed in collaboration with the Swedish design collective FRONT. When turned off, Melt has a lustrous mirror finish and the uneven surface reflects light in the most exciting way. Only when turned on or in full daylight the pendant turns translucent and creates an illusion of hot melting glass. A group of Melt lights is a true showstopper, but also a single pendant will function as a captivating décor item.

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Model : MELT PENDANT COPPER

Designer : TOM DIXON, FRONT (SWEDISH DESIGN COLLECTIVE)

Editor : TOM DIXON

Period : 2015

Origin : ENGLAND

Material : POLYCARBONATE

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SHIMMER LOW TABLES BY PATRICIA URQUIOLA

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Glas Italia has enlisted a roster of internationally renowned designers to create striking new furniture that marries progressive design with with a heritage and tradition of master craftsmanship in glass.

The Shimmer family of tables are made from extra-light glass finished with a highly specialised polychromatic coating allows each piece to reflect an array of subtle colour variations across their surface. This striking iridescent effect, which varies continuously depending on the angle of light and the vantage point, gives the Shimmer range its name.

Please note that the production process generates a unique finish for every table, meaning that variations in colour and texture are part of the essential character of each piece.

Shimmer tables are available constructed from transparent glass or opaque glass.

Round and oblong table top options are available, in small and large sizes. Round tables are three-legged and oblong have four legs. Table legs are made of the same glass as the table top with a rounded form lends a sense of great lightness.

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Model : SHIMMER LOW TABLES

Designer : PATRICIA URQUIOLA

Editor : GLAS ITALIA

Period : 2015

Origin : ITALY

Material : EXTRA-LIGHT GLASS

Dimension : L 120/140 x H 65 cm

 

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BLACK TRIPTYCH BY KASPAR HAMACHER

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Le designer belge Kaspar Hamacher fait des tables à base de rondins de bois et du feu. Appelé Ausgebrannt (brulé en allemand).

La Nature est son domaine de recherche où le design devient une intervention physique plus que conceptuelle pour transformer un élément naturel (sa matière, sa forme) en un objet fonctionnel. La rudesse et la génuinité de la nature jouent un rôle central dans son travail. Il s’intéresse à la création de produits purs et honnêtes caractérisés par des formes harmonieuses.

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Taking nature as his basis, Kaspar Hamacher (1981), Eupen, (BE) is focused resolutely on physical rather than conceptual design. As he says himself, he feels more craftsman than designer The things he can do with wood appeal to the imagination: whether it is a tree stump or a piece of leather, the key is authenticity in every step of his design process. Hamacher’s working method always results in a unique, personal piece. A piece of design with a deeper meaning; with a soul.

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Model : BLACK TRIPTYCH

Designer : KASPAR HAMACHER

Editor : KASPAR HAMACHER

Period : 2018

Origin : BELGIUM

Material : BURNED WOOD

 

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AA BUTTERFLY CHAIR BY AA NEW DESIGN

 

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C’est en 1938 que les designers Kurchan, Ferrari-Hardoy et Bonet s’inspirent d’une chaise utilisée en campagne par les officiers britanniques du 19ème siècle : “la Tripolina Chair” et créent le fauteuil Butterfly. Après Artek-Pascoe et Knoll, c’est la société Airborn Design qui produit aujourd’hui ce grand classique du design après l’avoir rebaptisé fauteuil AA dans les années 50. Le nom AA est un clin d’œil à « Architecture d’Aujourd’hui », la plus ancienne des revues d’architecture française.

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Model : AA BUTTERFLY CHAIR

Designer : KURCHAN, FERRARI-HARDOY, BONET

Editor : AA NEW DESIGN

Period : 1938

Origin : FRANCE

Dimension : L73 x H91 x D45 cm

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VASES BY NATHALIE DU PASQUIER

The Memphis Group co-founder returns to the world of ceramics with a series of sculptures and vases developed as physical alter egos of the abstract drawings and paintings that characterize the artist’s work.

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Nathalie du Pasquier was born in Bordeaux, France, in 1957. She has lived and worked in Milano since 1979. Until 1986 she worked as a designer and was a founder member of Memphis for which she designed many textiles, carpets, furniture and objects. When the group broke up in 87, painting became her main activity.

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Model : VASES

Designer : NATHALIE DU PASQUIER

Editor : MEMPHIS GROUP

Period : 2018

Origin : ITALY

Material : CERAMIC

 

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CERAMICS BY BETHAN LAURA WOOD

Aldo Londi, the legendary artistic director of Bitossi, made his most famous collections by engraving, stamping and using relief within the moulds to give detail to the clay surfaces. It is these techniques that inspire Bethan’s new collection for Bitossi, for which she creates an expressive pattern rhythm of graphic shapes and flowing lines derived from the stained glass window of the New Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico City). This pattern wraps itself around a variation of forms inspired by Bitossi’s 1950s to 1970s historical archive.

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Bethan Laura Wood obtained a MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art, under the tuition of Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper. Since graduating in 2009, Bethan has built a multidisciplinary practice characterized by material investigation, artisan collaboration, and a passion for colour and detail.

Bethan enjoys exploring the relationships we make with objects in our everyday lives, and questions how they can become cultural conduits. She is interested in critical approaches to achieving sustainability in a mass consumption, production-driven context.

Bethan has undertaken multiple residency programmes, from London’s Design Museum to W Hotel in Mexico City, and regularly works with artisans from the regions of Venice and Vicenza in Italy.

Along side working closely with  Nilufar Gallery since 2011 for Limited edition and one off works, Bethan has been commissioned by a variety of international partners to create works and installations. Including, Abet Laminati, Moroso, Valextra, Kvadrat, Bitossi Ceramiche, Tory Burch, cc-tapis, Tolix and Hermés. Her work has been exhibited in institutions such as V&A Museum of Childhood, Swiss Institute New York, Daelim Museum and MOT, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

Bethan regularly gives lectures and heads workshops; she currently teaches on the MA in Luxury at ECAL, Switzerland.

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Model : GUADALUPE VASES COLLECTION

Designer : BETHAN LAURA WOOD

Editor : BITOSSI

Period : 2016

Origin : ITALY

Material : CERAMIC

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28 SYSTEM BY BOCCI

Bocci is a design and manufacturing company based in Vancouver and Berlin. Founded in 2005 under the creative directorship of Omer Arbel, Bocci is committed to fostering a lateral and open-ended relationship between creative direction and craft.

The company launched with one lighting design, ‘14’, which became an instant classic and remains a design staple and bestseller. Bocci’s growing portfolio of sculptural lighting is developed, engineered and fabricated in-house, through an infrastructure calibrated to provide full control over technique, quality and scale.

In 2015, Bocci transformed a historic Berlin building into a showroom and archive. ‘Bocci 79’ inhabits a 2,200 m2 / 23,600 sq.ft former courthouse, constructed in 1896, showcasing over a decade of works by Omer Arbel, ranging from pieces in progress, prototypes and ideas, to the complete range of catalogue pieces developed for Bocci.

Based between Vancouver and Berlin, Omer Arbel cultivates a fluid position, between the fields of architecture, sculpture, invention and design. Focal themes of his work include the intrinsic mechanical, physical, and chemical qualities of materials and the exploration of light as a medium.

28 results from an innovative fabrication process that manipulates both the temperature and the direction of air flow into blown glass. The result is a slightly distorted sphere with an interior landscape of satellite shapes, including an opaque milk glass diffuser that houses either a low-voltage xenon or LED lamp.

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Model : 28 SYSTEM

Designer : OMER ARBEL

Editor : BOCCI

Period : 2018

Origin : CANADA/GERMANY

 

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HEXAGONAL TABLE LAMP BY JULES WABBES

Table lamp, hexagonal raw bronze leg, paper shade. This lamp was created in the early 60s, inspired by a stone model of the Dunbar collection designed by Edward J. Wormley in 1959.

Jules Wabbes reinterpreted this classic model. The lampshade is simply held by three notched metal rods. The first copies made of travertine were produced by Mobilier Universel. They were later made of metal and distributed by GEDE in 1969.

There are many fakes of this model (larger or with flared foot) designed after the death of Jules Wabbes. The model here presented and currently manufactured by GEDE is the only original one.

 

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Model : HEXAGONAL TABLE LAMP

Designer : JULES WABBES

Editor : GEDE

Period : 1969

Origin : BELGIUM

Material : RAW BRONZE

Dimension : D 46 x H 69 cm

 

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