Does the term “hand-made” really applies to glass?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

One would typically associate hand-made techniques with upholstery, woodworking and other crafts-driven creations, with glass not really being linked to having anything to do with non-machine driven process.  And yet, Fiam’s iconic sculpture-like coffee table proves that glass is a material that can be indeed used to construct an entirely hand-made design.  The Atlas statuesque coffee table is one of Fiam Italia’s most distinguished productions.  Designed by a renowned British sculptor Danny Lane, Atlas coffee table incorporates tiers of straight and curved edge 20mm thick glass molded entirely by hand into refractive and reflective surfaces.  Danny Lane is an renowned sculptor and it’s of no surprise that his masterpiece for Fiam is a collector’s item with museum worthy character.

Atlas coffee table by Danny Lane for Fiam Italia

Atlas cocktail table close-up details

Atlas coffee table close-up

Atlas coffee table production process

Designer Profile: Konstantin Grcic

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

To the naked eye, Konstantin Grcic is the epitome of raw industrialism, because just by briefly looking at his most accolated work, the common theme of minimally essential silhouettes gets the spotlight time and time again.  Perhaps this is not as surprising given that the very origin of today’s modern design, the Bauhaus movement and Grcic share the same German roots.

Iconic modern designs by Konstantin Grcic

Iconic modern designs by Konstantin Grcic

From an early age, Konstantin Grcic found inspiration in the functionality of common objects, starting his career in cabinet manufacturing and eventually studying design at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London.  Once he set his foot in the world, Grcic’s immediate stylistic impact had a very particular signature, favoring simplicity and essentialism to access.  His passion for architecture and innovation became the common denominator repeatedly seen through the multitude of collaborations that Grcic had over the years.  Among his more groundbreaking partnerships is the one with Magis, which in 2003 produced one of the most iconic modern furniture pieces, fittingly named Chair ONE.  Other legendary contributions to the design universe included Mayday table lamp for Flos which earned Grcic his first Compasso d’Oro Award; Osorom table/chair for Moroso; as well as various products for the likes of Vitra, Driade, BD Barcelona, Establish & Sons and many others.

At this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, Konstantin Grcic earned the “migliore designer” award which celebrated his creativity and purity as well as his innovative adaptation of new materials in a modern context.  The judges applauded Grcic’s successful illustration of new design ‘while remaining true to his own rigorous technical and expressive language.’

Designer Profile: Marcel Wanders

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Marcel Wanders is a Dutch designer and architect considered to be one of the most talented, forward thinking innovators of our generation.  With a truly unique style that is easily recognizable, Marcel Wanders has made his mark on the design world setting out to “create an environment of love, live with passion and make…exciting dreams come true.” Known to seamlessly combine styles and materials with historical influences, Marcel Wanders conceives each of his projects, be it an interior or a product, with exhaustive attention to detail, intertwining opulence and exclusivity to instill an utterly unique sensory experience onto the space or the object.

Marcel Wanders is the co-founder of Moooi, a Dutch manufacturer of innovative, modern furniture, lighting and accessories as well as the interior mastermind behind notable architectural wonders like the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Kameha Grand hotel in Bonn, the Mondrian South Beach hotel in Miami, Quasar Istanbul Residences, and the Villa Moda flagship store in Bahrain.  Among his unforgettable collaborations are products for Mac Cosmetics, Alessi, Cappelini, Bisazza, Moroso, Kartell and Flos.  Marcel Wanders is the winner of numerous design awards, curator of extraordinary art exhibits and creator of provocative advertising campaigns that shattered boundaries between perception and reality.

With decades of artistic footprint on the global design community, Marcel Wanders continues to surprise with his ingenuity and imagination like this year’s tribute to the notorious French monarch Louis XIV with Le Roi Soleil Chandelier for Baccarat.  Infamous furniture designs like the Dream platform bed for Poliform or the Flare table for Magis as well as his more recent work for Louis Vuitton in the form of the highly voluptuous lounge chair reaffirm Wanders’ philosophy that “Luxury starts where functionality ends and where the true value is personal and so has no price or reason”.

Famous designs by Marcel Wanders

4 examples of a bronze and grey color theme by Fiam

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Bronze and grey is a striking color combination that is suitable for any space.  Its modern vibe is edgy and fresh, while the bronze hints add an inviting allure.  A deviation from the typical neutral palette and departure from its colder grey brethren, bronze and grey are the new modern colors that are being echoed by many Italian manufacturers and leading designers.  The likes of Fiam Italia are offering bronze glass as an option for its iconic Ghost glass armchair by Cini Boeri and Tomu Katayanagi and for the Macrame coffee table collection by Pablo Lucidi and Luca Pevere.  Bronze color is also used as a background to Fiam’s newest introductions like the Phantom mirror and the Venice console by Fiam’s Veblen division.

Bronze and grey color theme by Fiam Italia

4 stunning honeycomb furniture designs

Friday, July 29th, 2016

The honeycomb pattern has long inspired every industry, from fashion to architecture, jeweler and furniture design with its flawlessly symmetrical silhouette that’s geometric on its own or highly dynamic when combined into a repeating configuration.  Highly effective in any constructive aspect or purely decorative, the honeycomb also has a spirited nature and an organic appeal that catches the eye.

In a recent Milan furniture fair, honeycomb pattern was on display in major showrooms like Cattelan Italia with the newly introduced Thiago platform bed with a honeycomb inspired wall hung headboard and the Honey buffet that incorporated honeycomb pattern into its facade which was seen at the Tonin Casa showroom.  Honeycomb is also frequently used to create a unique visual composition by repeating independent hexagonal structures like the case with the Hexagon ottoman/end table by Steven Holl for Horm and the Skin mirror collection.

Honeycomb furniture designs