Contemporary chandelier at the Versailles Palace

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Designed by the Parisian duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Gabriel chandelier is the first ever contemporary installation commissioned by the Chateau de Versailles.  While distinctively, a baroque structure with intensely extravagant interior décor, the recent interest in amalgamating modern elements is perceived to be a seamless way to blend the past and the future.  Hanging above the recently completed Gabriel staircase, the Gabriel chandelier is made of Swarovski Crystals to insinuate tradition and emphasize continuity, but that’s were its rococo influence ends and its genuine modernist design begins.  Ronan and Erwan Bouroullac wanted a focal point above the historical staircase that was originally conceived by Ange- Jacques Gabriel in 1772, something that was congruent, yet current.  The magnificently modern chandelier ended up being close to 40 feet high, suspended in asymmetric curves and illuminated by LED lights that diffuse a soft, elegant aura on its surroundings.

Gabriel chandelier by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Chateau de Versailles

Gabriel chandelier in Chateau de Versailles designed by Parisian duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Read More

Cobalt Blue & Powder White

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Blue is a royal color that offers intense emotions, spiritual depth and fresh influence on its surroundings.  Especially powerful is the combination between blue and white, as observed with the Shark chairs by Artifort that surround a white modern dining table.  Another example of this stunning color combination is using a white Big Bang chandelier by Foscarini that stands out against the beautiful blue wall.

Cobalt blue & powder white interior design

A Magnificent Mistake by Ron Gilad for Salvatori

Friday, December 13th, 2013

A Magnificent Mistake is an art installation that explores the boundaries of marble by showcasing it in a very illusive context, and bestowing it unnatural qualities.  This brilliant composition of 4 marble sculptures came about by the talented Israeli designer Ron Gilad for Italian marble manufacturer Salvatori.  Exploring the unwitting crossover between perception and reality, Ron Gilad created an ironic display consisting of Swing, Smoking Roof, Stack of Paper and Footsteps, all of which challenge the heavy property of marble all the while showcasing its artistic side.

Stack of Paper and Footsteps art installation by Ron Gilad for Salvatori

Magnificent Mistake marble art installation by Ron Gilad for Salvatori

Smoking Roof art installation by Ron Gilad for Salvatori

Not made by hand / not made in China

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Not Made by Hand / Not Made in China was powerful exhibition put together by Ron Arad and Associates during the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair.  The exhibition showcased modern accessories, featuring vases and lights that were created from “virtual prototypes”.

Modern vases and lights by Ron Arad during the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair

The first stage of this project really focused on the process of transforming a drawing into a 3D prototype and then into a functional product.  In this case, it was a vase and a light, both of which were based on a spiral, bouncy construction.  While still in its infancy, the 3D printing and rapid prototyping is revolutionizing contemporary furniture and industrial design industries by becoming the most novel way to construct things with potential of being high quality AND lower in price AND quickest in production; where virtual can easily become real by converting an image on the screen into a solid mass.

Moooi and Erwin Olaf are nominated for 2014 Rotterdam Design Prize

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

During the 2013 Salone de Mobile in Milan Moooi and Erwin Olaf collaborated on an incredible showroom where Moooi’s new collection was presented against Erwin Olaf’s powerful photography.  The via Savone showroom became an experience more so then a showcase, with rich and powerful imagery, simultaneously integrating extraordinary art, designer furniture and inspiring lifestyles.  Titled Unexpected Welcome, the exhibition was organized as living quarters furnished with items from Moooi’s latest collection as well as many of the brand’s iconic pieces by Marcel Wanders, Studio Job, Joost van Bleiswijk, Edward van Vliet, Neri & Hu, to name a few.  Each vignette fused magnificent interior design and artistic photography by transforming realities and dimensions through hidden stories and the creative use of mannequins.

2013 Salone de Mobile showroom collaborated by Moooi and Erwin Olaf

Moooi showroom during 2013 Salone de Mobile fair in Milan

2013 Salone de Mobile stunning showroom by Moooi and Erwin Olaf

Moooi showroom became one of the most sought after attractions during this year’s design week in Milan and it comes as no surprise that Moooi and Erwin Olaf were nominated last month for the Rotterdam Design Prize 2014, one of the most coveted design awards in the world. Read More