Design Highlights: Interieur, 2012

  • Betty Wood picks out some of the highlights from this year’s Biennale
    Concrete-collection-by-Matali-Crasset-for-Concrete-by-LCDA_ss_table1.Matali Crasset’s Concrete Collection explores how an industrial material can be used to produce a sympathetic range of everyday products, including furniture and lighting.The table in particular is impressive, replicating the grain of its wooden counterpart whilst innovating through its use of lightweight concrete (which is up to four times lighter than regular concrete). Grounded in extensive research, the concrete lamp she has designed for the collection is similarly intriguing; replicating the monolithic acoustic mirrors used during the interwar years used to detect potential airborne invasions, the lamp is made from ultra high-performance raw concrete.
    Matali Crasset
    MataliCrasset.com

    What
    Concrete Collection for LCDA

    Where
    France

    Top: Concrete Table
    Right: Concrete light

    concrete-lamp-matali crasset

  • 2.This 14 arch installation is UK design studio Troika’s Project Room, and response to the Biennale theme of Future Primitives. Sebastian Noel explains, “the arches are made of light so they are completely immaterial: what we’re doing is taking a beam of light — which is very straight — a lens. When it exits the lens, it gives the impression that the light is bent. This is an uncanny phenomenon, as from childhood we are told that light cannot bend. For us it’s representative of the failure of a belief system, like science of religion, in explaining the wholeness of something, or providing an example or coherent system of understanding”.Arcades is an almost mystical experience that draws upon our shared sensory understanding of the spiritual, the mystical and the scientific in order to challenge our intrinsic beliefs, and the rational of human logic in a way that tugs firmly at our inherent sense of wonder.
    Troika
    Troika.uk.com

    What
    Arcades Project Room

    Where
    UK

    .

    Image courtesy Frederik Vercruysse

    projectroom_troika_1_copy_frederik_vercruysse-1

  • Horizon_Coffee_Table_by_Matthew_Hilton_3-4
    DE LA ESPADA COLLECTION
    BY MATTHEW HILTON

    delaespada.com
    matthewhilton.com

    What
    Horizon Table

    Where
    UK/Portugal

    .3.British designer Matthew Hilton’s new collection with Portugese manufacturers De La Espada was unveiled earlier this summer. The new range includes this beautiful American black walnut finished hardwood coffee table, Horizon. Made using CNC technology, the wood is punctuated with a series of slots which create intricate patterns of light on the underside of the table-top. Beautiful and solid, the table is the highlight of the collection, and is added testament to Hilton’s reputation as one of the most innovative and intelligent contemporary British designers.

  • deja_vu_copyright_frederik_vercruysse-14.Curated by Chris Meplon, Rue Déjà Vu explores the phenomenon of déjà vu within design. Often when we’re confronted with a design object, there’s a lurking sense of the familiar at the back of our minds, as many design objects look increasingly alike. But is this a truth, or is it simply misconception?Bravely, this exhibition juxtaposes design objects that trigger this sense of deja vu, like the examples here. Simultaneously, the Capo and Pod chairs were being designed by separate studios back in 2011, unbeknownst to them, with both design teams examining the same agenda of privacy and longevity. Both studios arrived at (approximately) the same result — and documented the steps they each took before arriving at their final design. These illustrated examples of design development allow us to question the phenomenon of déjà vu, and challenge our preconceptions of originality and innovation.
    RUE DÉJÀ VU
    interieur.be

    What
    Exhibition curated by Chris Meplon

    Where
    Expo site, Hall 6

    .

    Above: Rue Déjà Vu exhibition, where — side by side — historic design pieces are placed side by side to explore how they continue to inspire, like for example the Thonet chair

    .

    Top Right: Pod (2011) By De Vorm, Designed by Benjamin Hubert
    Bottom Right: Capo (2011) by Cappellini, designed by Nipa Doshi & Jonathan Levien
    Image courtesy Frederik Vercruysse

    Pod (2011) By De Vorm, Designed by Benjamin HubertCapo (2011) by Cappellini, designed by Nipa Doshi & Jonathan Levien

  • SORRYGIOTTO-floor lamp
    CATELLANI & SMITH
    catellanismith.com

    What
    Sorry Giotto Collection

    Where
    Italy

    .
    .
    .
    .
    .

    Left: Sorry Giotto 3, Floor lamp

    5.Winner of Wallpaper Magazine’s Floor Lamp Award 2012, this floor lamp by Catellani & Smith is made with a durable, rough iron base and structure, and finished with three blue hand painted copper rings, designed to diffuse light softly.

    Entitled Sorry Giotto — a nod to 14th century Italian painted Giotto di Bondone who infamously managed to draw the ‘perfect circle’ — the lamp is an elegant piece of light sculpture, and witness to the effectiveness of simple design.

    Interieur Biennale 2012 ran 20-28 October. For more information visit interieur.be