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Fantastic and monumental: the Lasvit light presentation at the Milan Furniture Fair

 

Highly impressive pop and art deco chandeliers… Discover works presented by the famous Czech house Lasvit at the Palazzo Serbelloni in Milan.

 

 

Celebrated for the savoir-faire of their master glassmakers, Lasvit is presenting an exceptional selection of illuminated works at the Milan Furniture Fair in the Palazzo Serbelloni until April 17th. Within these sumptuous surroundings, the contemporary creations of André Fu, Maurizio Galante, Stanislas Libensky, Maxim Velcovsky and the Campana brothers (for the Arts de la table) are hanging out within the splendour of the palace’s Sale Napoleoniche 

TAC/TILE by André Fu Living

 

Imbued with the typical “laid-back luxury” of André Fu, this collection is an ode to tactile materials. It draws inspiration from the House of Glass of 1932, the arcades and galleries of Prague, traditional Chinese tiled roofs, the Flatiron Building as well as the glass blocks typical of modernism. Here the triangular form given to glass allows for an application ranging from table lamps to standard and suspended lamps.  

 

MEMENTO MORI by Maxim Velcovsky 

 

The famous Sedlec Ossuary, conserved at the Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic is classed as World Heritage by UNESCO, and forms the incredible décor made by Frantisek Rint in 1870 for the Sedlec cathedral. Maxim Velcovsky pays tribute to the bone chandeliers of this ossuary by reinterpreting this funereal spirit in glass. The project evokes a “Memento Mori” (remember that thou shalt die) that encourages reflection on birth and death and the disappearance of traditional crafts, that were once transmitted from generation to generation. The small pieces of this chandelier are crafted from moulded glass, the larger elements are hand blown while the chains string together little ‘bones’ in memory of those found of the Ossuary. 

FACET by Moritz Waldemeyer

 

With FACET, Moritz Waldemeyer moulds glass at his will and brings to life modular structures that are both regular and organised. Every module can be suspended alone or combined with other modules to create a large hexagonal chandelier whose form evokes that of a diamond. Moritz has systemised the production of this light that stands out for its clarity, rigour and geometry. Thanks to a light source integrated within each module, the system is universal and infinitely expandable.  

PRAHA by Stanislav Libensky 

 

Stanislav Libensk’s light sculpture is an ensemble of original suspensions conceived especially for the Hôtel Praha in which was installed. This major architectural project was completed in the 1980s, but in spite of bringing together everything that was good about contemporary design, the hotel was demolished not long after. These objects are among some of the few that survived.

 

Libensky used different thicknesses of glass to create a game of light and dark on the actual hangings and the surrounding surfaces. The consolidation of these suspensions of different shapes and heights creates a modulation of effects that sometimes takes on the appearance of a fireball and sometimes more delicate kaleidoscopic forms. The uniqueness of these lights and the variety of their usage make the Praha light sculpture a timeless sculpture.  

Lasvit had also renovated the crystal chandeliers of the Napoleonic period belonging to the Palazzo Serbelloni.  

 

These chandeliers are crafted from late 18th century Bohemian crystal. Their origin remains unclear because of a fire that ravaged the Palazzo archives during the Second World War. Two of the chandeliers are found in the grand hall renamed Sala Napoleonica or Sala Bonaparte, historically dedicated to dance and music. Another pair on a smaller scale hangs in the smaller Sala Gian Galeazzo. These four candelabrums are made up of 40 components, each one composed of more than 1000 different elements. Their renovation requires a combination of three glass production techniques including the production and replacement of the cut crystal trimmings, components from blown glass and cut glass as well as the fusion and cutting of the glass ties. With the objective being to preserve the original chandelier as much as possible while respecting the true nature of the work, the crystal components are taken down and sent to the Czech Republic where they probably saw the light of day sometime in the 1700s. And thus a historic and creative loop is completed... 

An encounter with Christian Marclay, at the Celine runway show and at the Tate Modern
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An encounter with Christian Marclay, at the Celine runway show and at the Tate Modern

Art In his first show for the house of Celine, Hedi Slimane paid a very marked tribute to the Swiss-American artist Christian Marclay by revisiting and transposing some of his works within the collection (prints on bags and clutches, embroidery on couture dresses, kimonos…) At the same time, Christian Marclay was taking hold of the Tate Modern with his major pieceThe Clock, shown for the first time in London in 2010, before winning the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale the following year. The 24-hour video installation is composed of thousands of films clips edited together to tell the actual time. The result is as captivating as it is poetic.   In his first show for the house of Celine, Hedi Slimane paid a very marked tribute to the Swiss-American artist Christian Marclay by revisiting and transposing some of his works within the collection (prints on bags and clutches, embroidery on couture dresses, kimonos…) At the same time, Christian Marclay was taking hold of the Tate Modern with his major pieceThe Clock, shown for the first time in London in 2010, before winning the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale the following year. The 24-hour video installation is composed of thousands of films clips edited together to tell the actual time. The result is as captivating as it is poetic.  

6 pieces of design by B&B Italia not to be missed
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6 pieces of design by B&B Italia not to be missed

Design Founded in 1966, B&B Italia creates pieces for the interior while developing its research in materials destined for exterior design, these are Numéro favourites… Founded in 1966, B&B Italia creates pieces for the interior while developing its research in materials destined for exterior design, these are Numéro favourites…

Rick Owens: “We all struggle with who we are. We have shame, we have pride, we have self delusion.”
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Rick Owens: “We all struggle with who we are. We have shame, we have pride, we have self delusion.”

Art Since founding his brand in 1994, the fearless and eminently non-conformist designer Rick Owens has been mixing sophisticated aestheticism and punk rage, minimalism and flamboyance, in all the creative fields from fashion to furniture. His cult of chaos is now taking over the Triennale in Milan, which is paying him homage with the very first major retrospective of his career. Numéro asked him about this rite of passage.  Since founding his brand in 1994, the fearless and eminently non-conformist designer Rick Owens has been mixing sophisticated aestheticism and punk rage, minimalism and flamboyance, in all the creative fields from fashion to furniture. His cult of chaos is now taking over the Triennale in Milan, which is paying him homage with the very first major retrospective of his career. Numéro asked him about this rite of passage. 

The search for the absolute
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The search for the absolute

Design Since the late 1960s, many is the designer who has attempted to arrive at pure form, to pare things down to the essential, to reduce the idea to its most simple expression. Numéro takes a look at some of the most remarkable results. Since the late 1960s, many is the designer who has attempted to arrive at pure form, to pare things down to the essential, to reduce the idea to its most simple expression. Numéro takes a look at some of the most remarkable results.

Portfolio: Mathieu Lehanneur’s marble oceans
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Portfolio: Mathieu Lehanneur’s marble oceans

Design French designer Mathieu Lehanneur is showing his first exhibition in the USA at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in New York. A surreal vision of the ocean’s dynamics, Ocean Memories is unquestionably a worthy successor to his Liquid Marble series. French designer Mathieu Lehanneur is showing his first exhibition in the USA at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in New York. A surreal vision of the ocean’s dynamics, Ocean Memories is unquestionably a worthy successor to his Liquid Marble series.

 Ron Arad, an unusual designer
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Ron Arad, an unusual designer

Design Ron Arad is without a doubt one of the most important figures in design art, a practice that blurs the boundaries between functionality of design and the pure aesthetics of sculpture that has so seduced the art market. But the designer knows how to create series of objects too, with equal success. An encounter with a designer as atypical as he is exuberant… Ron Arad is without a doubt one of the most important figures in design art, a practice that blurs the boundaries between functionality of design and the pure aesthetics of sculpture that has so seduced the art market. But the designer knows how to create series of objects too, with equal success. An encounter with a designer as atypical as he is exuberant…