Interface and Lasvit use Milan Design Week 2012 to launch its Metropolis collection and Liquidkristal by Ross Lovegrove
La Triennale di Milano design museum in Milan, Italy, holds exhibitions that run in conjunction with Salone Internazionale del Mobile. It hosts exhibitions and events which highlight contemporary Italian design, urban planning, architecture, music, and media arts.
Interface chose Milan Design Week 2012 as the European launch pad for its collection, Metropolis at La Triennale di Milano, while Lasvit hosted an installation at the same venue for its ‘Lasvit Liquidkristal’ by Ross Lovegrove.
Interface’s Metropolis exhibition was held in collaboration with architect and fashion designer Francesco Maria Bandini, to represent the themes of apocalypse and rebirth. The collection includes 15 designs that symbolise the past, present and future of human civilizations and their cities.
“History will always repeat itself. Cities have been built and destroyed and built again, and yet humankind will always look to the future, to what it will bring after destruction: rebirth,” said Michele Iacovitti, vice president, marketing communication ad branding, Interface.
“Interface looked into these apocalyptic prophecies and mysterious trends of the past. We looked into the 2012 trends influenced by the end and regeneration of cities and cultures and we developed Mteropolis. A collection of new products inspired by the themes of apocalypse and rebirth.
Products that represent in their patterns the broken lines of destroyed architecture, the visible signs of nature taking over ruins and the surreal patterns and electric lights of futuristic cities.”
Interface recently won The Athaneum Good Design Award for World Textiles and is working in partnership with designer David Oakey on a campaign called Creative Nesting which creates workspaces where people bring more of themselves into the office environment; inhabiting a space that expresses who they are.
It is currently working on projects with Google HQ in Zurich and the BBC Salford Quays offices in Manchester, UK.
“Companies like Google and Pixar have already incorporated that (Creative Nesting) thinking into their workspaces. Collaboration has become a business strategy that is changing the way offices are designed. Offices that were traditionally designed with individual cubicles, called ‘I-Space’, are now being designed with sharing spaces called ‘We-Space’,” said Oakey.
“Interface has taken this theme and asked how does the modular carpet fit in with this change. Companies are looking for carpets that create a social workplace and a modular carpet tile is inherently more flexible and adaptable to change to begin with.
We’ve already been crossing our residential and commercial palettes in terms of colours, materials and textures. Modular can do anything you want. Some furniture companies that used to sell cubicles are now selling swing sets or tyres.”
British designer, Lovegrove, has created the Liquidkristal architectural glass wall for Lasvit, which was displayed at the Triennale’s Salone d’Onore. The installation features a pavilion with three main walls, each one 5.5 meters in diameter and 14 meters in length with 24 self-standing crystal panels.
The project comes alive thanks to ‘high precision heat transfer’, which reflects a mobile, changing surface inspired by ‘nature’s fluidity’, transforming shapes in a futuristic kaleidoscope.
“There is a magic in glass in the way light and transparency are captured in the fusing process, one moment liquid the next something solid that can be harnessed and predicted in the field between design, physics and technology,” said Lovegrove.
The surface of the installation can be used in several ways: from creating pavilions for internal or external environments, divisions in public spaces and boutiques, or as a partition wall.
“Lasvit Liquidkristal designed by Ross Lovegrove is a milestone in Lasvit´s product development. First it is a piece designed by Lovegrove, the icon of design. Second, Lasvit has developed a unique thermal transfer forming technique to bring this design to life. In addition to using the LLK indoor as a crystal partition or screen, we have also developed it as insulated glass units for the buildings‘ exterior facades,” said Leon Jakimic, founder and CEO, Lasvit.
Other exhibition highlights include Alessandro Ciffo’s Iperbolica, a collection of 11 silicone armchairs, curated by Loredana Parmesani, Carla Berioli, and Luisella Valtorta in collaboration with Dilmos and Secondome Design Gallery and ‘Mutable Spirit’, a display of projects in stone promoted by Marmomacc-Veronafiere.
Iperbolica is based on the armchair, Scaccomatto (chequeboard-style), presented by Dilmos in Milan during Design Week 2008, followed by Cubik, in 2009 his first inflatable model exhibited at the Plart in Naples.
Designed to be a set of pieces, in a new version where the air is replaced by elastic polyurethane foam, making them more functional and safer over time, this latest series is dedicated to other masters of the art world, whose names are mentioned, but reveal themselves through the colours that depict them: Anselm, Claude, Ettore, Jason, Jean-Michel, Joan, Mark, Michelangelo, Victor, Willem.
This relationship with the art history masters becomes an unexpected malicious game where the artist takes the chance to ironically portray himself in the shape of the silicone armchair Ale.
The original shape of Ciffo’s armchairs is created through silicone elasticity shaped with air or foam mixed with natural coloured pigments.
The whole collection will be published in a catalogue designed by Franco Mello, with a text by Loredana Parmesani in Italian, English, Chinese and photographs by Emilio Tremolada.
Marmomacc – the International Natural Stone, Design and Technology Exhibition promoted by VeronaFiere – held several projects at Marmomacc Meets Design.
The theme, a ‘Mutable Spirit’is a challenge to companies and designers to become more flexible to exalt marble as a mutating and mutable material.
Hard-wearing and stable, marble was historically associated with durability, becoming the favoured material for architecture and sculpture. Today, increasingly advanced technologies, including digital systems, are rediscovering its adaptable essence.
Exhibitors include: Patricia Urquiola with Budri, Pietro Ferruccio Laviani with Citco, Setsu e Shinobu Ito with Grassi Pietre, Kjetil Thorsen-Snøhetta with Pibamarmi, Marco Piva with Regione Puglia (InSpo Marmi, Petra Design, Pi.Mar., Stonemotion), Raffaello Galiotto with Solubema and Merbes-Sprimont, Philippe Nigro with Testi Fratelli.