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Aurélie Mathieu and Charlotte Sunnen are two young designers, recent graduates of Ecal.
They are based in Lausanne and they have been presenting their Grande collection at Milan Salone Satellite 2014.
In partnership with Gros-Derudet, a Lyon based marble mason’s workshop, 6x6 is a project which frees stone of its traditional constraints while optimizing its physical properties.
The figure shows a 6x6 hanging rail structure in laminated stone, which displays its practical and aesthetic potential.
These marble layers are glued together and cut into 6 cm by 6 cm battens. This method significantly increases the rock’s rigidity by creating a new raw material.
It then becomes possible to produce a variety of shapes and sizes from marble industry off-cuts.
Thus, large structures can be created, while the fine-stone appearance is preserved.
ARTURO ERBSMAN (FRANCE)
Arturo Erbsman is a French designer who was born in Brussels in 1987.
He graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Decoratifs - ENSAD in 2012 and is currently doing post-graduate research.
His work explores the properties of water, such as ice, snow, condensation and vapour, deriving inspiration from his travels and close observation of natural phenomena.
Atmos is an atmospheric lamp that uses condensation to diffuse light.
It features an aluminium base which supports a light source and a hand-blown glass bulb, containing an inexhaustible supply of water.
When the lamp is lit, the water gradually evaporates and condenses inside the bulb. This creates water droplets that cling to the glass surface, crystallising as droplets merge into drops, and diffuse light.
As they grow in size, the drops slide back, allowing the condensation process to restart.
Atmos, which was awarded Second Prize at Salone Satellite, celebrates the key role of the water cycle in energy saving, while inducing contemplation and reverie.
David Kiss is a Hungarian product designer and sculptor, whose “one man show” is called Thebakker Manufactory.
His work explores the potential of the materials and methods he combines with striking originality.
His new project, the “Embrace Series”, was shown in Milan this year.
This furniture, which recycles planks and melted metal alloy, is assembled using traditional carpentry skills: the processed and prepared wooden elements are jointed with molten metal, which cools into a desired shape as it shrinks. The metal alloy’s melting point is so low that it doesn’t damage the wooden parts while “embracing” them.
The resulting joints lend the pieces marked structural stability, while achieving an impressive aesthetic impact.
Thebakker goal is to create lifelong design objects that improve with age and use.
Dossofiorito is a design firm set up in Verona in the autumn of 2012 by Livia Rossi and Gianluca Gabardo.
The unusual brand’s name, meaning flowery mound, comes from an old neon sign salvaged in a dump yard a few years back.
Operating out of a former car workshop, the duo adopt a hands-on approach to their experimental research and, through a constant exchange on individual and collective ideas, their practice has been reaping a rich harvest of results.
The Phytophiler is a series of hand-thrown terracotta pots on which functional appendices are installed for the daily care of the plants we live with.
These elements are intended to interact with the domestic world of plants, reproducing simple acts of human kindness: gestures that underline a widespread new attitude towards nature and establish awareness of the world around us.
GARAY STUDIO (SPAIN)
Claudia Garay Studio is a Madrid based practice that combines a wide range of disciplines under the theme of light: design projects, product design and installations.
Uniting diverse skills to develop new technologies and materials, Garay Studio creates projects that combine art and design in a subtle balance.
They draw inspiration from observing what happens around us, fuelling the creative process with innovative techniques, and question our relationship with nature and technology, distilling complexity down to its essence.
The Mush Lamp, whose form derives from a mushroom, is a family of cordless table lights featuring a button, cone and pan.
It has a standard base and different head options. The base cylinder, made from natural beech wood, houses the battery, LED and mechanisms, while the head in ceramic and wood chips acts as a diffuser to create a warm ambient light. This can be adjusted with a dimmer switch to suit the chosen environment.
The cordless lamp allows for freedom of use in various locations, projecting up to 300 luxes of warm light from its different heads.
In its regular mode, its dimmable LED will emit 200 luxes for more than 6 hours on a single charge and is fully rechargeable in 2 hours.