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2011 Milan Furniture Fair: Objects

2011 Milan Furniture Fair: Objects

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    Noah Kalina

    Aldo Bakker's biomorphic water pitcher, Jug. aldobakker.com, particlesgallery.com

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    Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Niek Pulles rehabilitated the common acoustic panel by carving anechoic foam into the shape of Classical-style door jambs and other architectural details to create contemporary, sound-dampening, tapestries. heyniek.com

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    Danish designer Louise Sass’s Mother of Pearl textile was inspired by the dynamic surfaces of the Italian baroque, which she thought of as a “delicate grid” beneath her own composition. danishcrafts.org, louisesass.dk

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    On London-based Hye-Yeon Park's In-Betweening Clock, the shifting forms of adjacent digits are displayed in an overlapping and highly graphical fashion as they morph into each other. hyeonpark.com

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    For Amsterdam pop-up Particles Gallery, Aldo Bakker fashioned a biomorphic water pitcher called Jug, complete with drinking cups that doubled as lids. aldobakker.com, particlesgallery.com

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    Moose is one of three decorative assemble-it-yourself wood trophies designed by the Swiss studio Big-Game for Paris-based manufacturer Moustache. moustache.fr, big-game.ch

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    With OpenStructures, Dutch designer Thomas Lommée is suggesting that people anywhere, sharing a common geometrical grid based on a 4cm-by-4cm square, can construct and build on others' modular components to make anything imaginable. openstructures.net

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    The Paris-based, Dutch-Japanese couple, Aki and Arnaud Cooren of A+A Cooren introduced the double-walled Tourbillon vase for Gallery S. Bensimon at "Nouvelle Vague," its inner wall handblown in the shape of a maelstrom of water. aplusacooren.com

Sound Décor
Architectural acoustic panels by recent Design Academy Eindhoven grad Niek Pulles take their cues from the sound-dampening virtues of classical tapestries. Pulles cuts his pyramidal anechoic foam panels into the shape of historical door jambs and other architectural details to create lively contemporary patterns for the wall. (See slide show.) heyniek.com

Companionable
Dutchman Aldo Bakker has said of his designs, “Even when they are not used, they have something to say.” Jug (see slide show), his recent, highly sculptural vessel for Particles Gallery in Amsterdam, seems to demonstrate just that. The voluptuous form could be construed as either fluid or flesh and can rest in two positions, with the pitcher mouth facing upward while in use or downward when empty. When facing downward, the pitcher attaches to its accompanying cup in a peculiarly tender fashion that suggests a creature sheltering its young. aldobakker.com

Complex
Over the length of her one-of-a-kind Mother of Pearl “textile frieze,” Danish designer Louise Sass laid down fields of color in seemingly random, staggered layers that shift to a more orderly repetitive pattern along the length of the cloth. Inspired by the dynamic surfaces of the Italian Baroque, which she thinks of as a “delicate grid” beneath her own composition, Sass has made a wholly modern print. (See slide show.) danishcrafts.org, louisesass.dk

Accordion Please
In 2009, Elisa Strozyk unveiled a slinky wood veneer textile to great acclaim. Now she has teamed up with artist Sebastian Neeb to create a leggy shelving unit called the Accordion Cabinet. The barrel-chested unit is dressed in wasp-waisted accordion pleats made from Strozyk’s clever woody fabric that fold open to expose the shelves. elisastrozyk.de

Corked
Portuguese cork by Amorim—reusable, biodegradable, sustainable—is the material focus of Materia, a company that commissioned designers ranging from Big-Game and Nendo to Raw-Edges and Fernando Brizio to create a product, including salt and pepper shakers, lighting, an ice bucket and toy boats, that would exploit cork’s great virtues: resistant but buoyant, compressible, elastic, impermeable—and you thought it was only good for stoppering up a leftover bottle of red. www.materia.amorim.com

Open Source + Meccano
In 2009, Dutch designer Thomas Lommée suggested that people anywhere in the world, sharing a common geometrical grid based on a 4cm-by-4cm square, could construct and use others’ modular components to make things. He called it OpenStructures (OS) and it seemed pretty abstract at the time (see slide show). Today, however, the OS library contains pieces by the likes of Dick van Hoff, Lucas Maassen, and Lizanne Dirkx (who made a shoe). With online forums, free, user-friendly 3D software and affordable, computer-based production techniques, there should be a lot more adults playing Lommée’s collaborative Meccano game soon. openstructures.net