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NEW WOOD FURNITURE: AN INNOVATIVE USE OF MATERIAL
February, 28 2012 • 14:00
While visiting the Imm International Furnishing Show in Cologne and the Maison et Objet fair in Paris last January, it was quite evident that wood has made its comeback in interior design. The originality in its use lays in an innovative interpretation of this material. Wood takes the shape of plastic, metal or other industrial elements, bringing its characteristic warmness to pieces of furniture that we are used to seeing as very “cold”. Latus Table by Artisan – solid wood furniture Inspired by a vintage style, Artisan uses wood to transform it into smooth, curvy plastic-like tables. The result is a “soft” and very homely object of beautiful appearance. Kelkheim by Philipp Kliem and Patrick Konig With the typical look of a metallic industrial shelf, Kelkheim creates an unexpected effect thanks to the use of wood. The object is completely overthrown and functional minimalism becomes able to decorate a space with a gentle touch. Dining Table by PearlinkWorld Another striking trend concerning wood is that of mixing it to other materials. Together with concrete or plastic we get a fusion design between industry and nature. Together with resins, like in SDA Decoration’s pieces, we obtain a very unique, ultra natural style. Together Chairs and Tables by Studio Marc Sadler The sure thing we have learned this year is that wood will never stop surprising us with its infinite possibilities of use. SDA Decoration Photos by Matteo Cupella
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR, BRUSSELS: FACE OF A WOMAN
February, 15 2012 • 14:00
The Affordable Art Fair (AAF) is a unique event that takes place every year in the most important cities in the world: London, New York, Melbourne, Sydney, Amsterdam, Singapour, Brussels and Milan. The fair offers the opportunity to discover new artists or to get pieces by famous artists, all at price range going from fifty to five thousand Euros. A true occasion for interior design lovers to get an authentic bargain. Last weekend, the Inner Design team visited the AAF in Brussels, now at its 4th edition, Located in the inspiring Tour et Taxis area, an old, renovated industrial site close to the city canal, the fair hosted over 90 Belgian and International galleries. Tour & Taxis - Brussels It was interesting to spot several trends that seem to be quite popular among artists in these days: while paper finds a true boom, showing its versatility as a support to paint on but also as a material with which producing the actual piece of art, the real protagonist of the contemporary artistic panorama seems to be the face of the woman. Proposed in an infinite variety of techniques, but mostly in a very close up framing, the female charm shows itself at its most beautiful with huge pieces of art. The impressive stand by the "More" gallery, showcased the "Lovely creatures" collection by Belgian artist Monique Reyniers. A series of square-shaped canvases where big expressive eyes and sensual lips create a deep impact with who is watching them. Night; Silver – Christiaan Lieverse Christiaan Lieverse from Utrecht is the author of the two most emotional pieces of the whole fair. His works “Night” and “Silver” are the result of the artist’s journey to Japan, where he took the inspiration for a beautiful collection focused on geishas. The gallery introducing his creations is Villa del Arte from Barcelona. Royal Blue; Air; New moon – Edo Kaaij Between abstract and figurative, the work of Edo Kaaj brought to the fair by Brussels-based gallery "Artemptation" shows three different women with intense expressions, in shades of blue and brown to rusty reds. Ready – Pipsqueak was here Brought to AAF by the Dutch "Look for art" gallery from Amsterdam, "Ready" by Pipsqueak was here is a mixed media technique on what seems to be an old wooden door, showing the shades of an Afro woman’s face. Audrey - Gavin Rain Pointillist and neo-impressionist painter Gavin Rain from Cape Town proposes an optical illusion, where coloured circles bring us a zoom of Audrey Hepburn’s face. His work is promoted by the "Arteredgallery", based in New York and Barcelona. Untitled – Laurence Burvenich Finally, with her untitled work, Laurence Burvenich exhibits three painting with the same female subject in different expressions, all in the colours of rusty browns.
A VISIT TO VITRA CAMPUS
January, 12 2012 • 00:00
Conference Pavilion – Tadao Ando Destination: Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany. To get there, we started off from Basel, Switzerland. From the Badisher Bahnhof Station you can get bus n° 55, which takes about 20 minutes of journey besides the transborder. The Vitra Campus is open every day from 10am to 6pm. The site is located in the middle of the countryside, and extends for yards and yards. It is made up of several buildings, most of which were designed by the biggest names of Architecture. Every day at Noon and at 2pm you can take part to the guided tour in English, which lasts about 2 hours. It starts with the visit of the Dome by Richard Buckminster Fuller: a very “geometrical” space reminding a sort of igloo. The structure develops entirely outdoor, whereas indoor you can find a wide room, that usually hosts events and temporary exhibitions. The acoustics and lighting are excellent. Dome - Richard Buckminster Fuller Going on, you step by the Station Service, created by the French architect and designer Jean Prouvé, and by the “Hall de Production” (8, 11 and 4). Station Service – Jean Prouvé Hall de Production 11 - Nicholas Grimshaw Until you arrive at that which used to be the Firemen Station, designed by the famous Israeli architect Zaha Hadid. This is an architecture that goes beyond all limits. It was used for a few years to host services for the factory, but it is now a location for events. Firemen Station outside – Zaha Hadid From the outside, the building looks like a ship breaking the waves of the sea. From the inside, a series of perspective games give an idea of asymmetry, which tends to destabilize the guest. The materials used are cement, metal and glass. On the lower floor you can find the dressing rooms, the toilets and a big garage for trucks. On the first floor there is the meeting room and the kitchen corner. Firemen Station inside – Zaha Hadid On the way back, we stopped to observe the evolutions of the Hall de Production 8, built by Franck Gerhy, who dared to use rounded shapes and lines. And the same architect created the Vitra Design Museum dominating the main entrance of the Company. Vitra Design Museum – Franck Gerhy To end our visit, we followed a path around the factory in order to appreciate the shapes of the museum and reach the conference Pavilion, designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando in 1993. His goal was to preserve the cherry trees which still surround the building, although he had to pull three of them down. In memory of these plants, the cement entrance wall has 3 cherry tree leaves engraved. It is called the building of silence, for his extraordinary acoustic isolation. Each spot from the inside has been studied very accurately. Materials consist of cement (together with tree ash), wood and glass. After the guided tour, we reached the Vitra Haus, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and finished in 2010. It is the show-room of the Vitra collection, dedicated to the habitat, and it also hosts the Design Shop and the Bar. Vitra Haus – Herzog & de Meuron Vitra Haus Design Shop