Posts Tagged ‘furniture’

Designer Focus: Made by Morgen

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Here at Fibonacci Stone, we believe that our products are much more than just the sum of their parts.  History, craftsmanship, and materiality all converge with today’s best design practices to create a narrative for their future use – enabling us to work with architects and designers to create projects of exceptional quality and timelessness.

made by morgenIt’s an amazing time to be working with Australian and international designers – and to see other creators with a similar outlook doing so well in their respective fields.

Case in point is Nick McDonald, owner, designer and creator of Melbourne-based furniture studio, Made by Morgen. Nick’s childhood was spent on a farm; a building apprenticeship followed, then a stint in a large construction management firm.  It was during a trip to Denmark that a fortuitous opportunity to work with and learn from a master furniture craftsman that set Nick on his course.

 

Back in Melbourne, the chance to design the fit-out for a mates store cemented his future path – and Made By Morgen was born. Its signature style combines a timeless blend of Scandinavian and Japanese influences – all with a very Australian countenance.

A recent photo shoot by Lillie Thompson, styled by Bek Sheppard, beautifully illustrates the Made By Morgen furniture range. Bek’s stunning sets of pale grey battened walls featured Fibonacci Stone’s Neues Grey tiles  – providing a sublime backdrop for Made By Morgen’s unique and individualised pieces. It was a great shoot be involved with, and we are very much looking forward to watching the future evolution of Made By Morgen.

Photography by Lillie Thompson and Styling by Bek Sheppard

 

Fernando Mastrangelo’s Drift Collection

Brooklyn-based artist Fernando Mastrangelo has unveiled the next additions to his ‘Drift’ collection with a range of glaciers and natural earth formations masquerading as furniture.

Mastrangelo uses materials such as salt, coffee, sand, glass and cement to cast strikingly sculptural objects. His Drift collection began with a not-so-humble bench made of sand and cement, which was exhibited during New York Design week and Collective Design Fair last year.

Now, further inspired by trips to Patagonia and the Grand Canyon, the collection has grown to include a sofa that is both ravishing and rugged in appearance. Like the Drift bench, it is made from sand and cement but is upholstered in luxurious velvet. It is joined by a coffee table also cast from sand and cement and ‘petra’ side tables in blue and pink. There is also a series of mirrors featuring a combination of stratified sand and steely glass.

The Patagonian landscape has inspired the subtle colour palette and Mastrangelo uses hand-dyed sand to reflect its ice-blue glaciers. The artist combines refined and polished elements with an unpredictable rugged surface to represent natural elements. The works are intriguingly contradictory – both raw and refined, durable and delicate, formal and functional.

The influence of the Grand Canyon is seen in the sand, which is cast in layers to create a delicate ombre effect. It recalls layers of earth and strata as the colours gradually blend from one hue to the next.

All designs in the Drift collection is handcrafted by Mastrangelo in his Brooklyn studio and are produced in very limited quantities. Each one represents an earthy inspiration.

SET Collection by Ania Jaworska

­­Everyday furniture items take on a surreal edge in the latest collection from Chicago-based architect Ania Jaworska.

Exhibited at Chicago’s Volume Gal­­­­lery, the SET collection features eight items that resemble each other in colour, texture and scale but their form is exaggerated beyond normal domestic proportions.

Jaworska grew up in Poland and studied architecture at the Cracow University of Technology. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois’ School of Architecture. Her designs explore the connection between art and architecture and her work has been widely exhibited.

Made from materials such as wooden pegs, plywood tubes and molded fiberglass, the bulbous shape and overstated form of each item in the SET collection challenges the typical use of furniture.

The dining table has exaggerated legs and is thinner than average, which forces diners to sit more closely together. The coffee table is topped with cylindrical posts that resemble its own legs, but it remains functional for resting drinks or books.

Fabrication of each piece in the SET collection was a labour of love. “While I fabricated most of the pieces myself with the help of my student assistants, the lacquer was done by a small refinishing shop outside of Chicago,” explains Jaworska.

“Because of the cylindrical parts and the nature of the forms, all of the pieces were lacquered prior to assembly. In addition, all of the connections/hardware are not visible, which required a great deal of planning and engineering.”

Jaworska’s SET collection of furniture is larger than life and presents a bold re-imagining of everyday domestic items.

Pettersen & Hein invite you HOME

A home has many functions – a physical shelter, a place of personal expression and a refuge from daily life outside. But what if a home’s function could be stripped away and its contents – such as chairs, tables and lights – became works of art rather than objects with a practical purpose?

This question has been posed by Danish design duo Pettersen & Hein in their latest exhibition, Home, at Etage Projects gallery in Copenhagen. Lea Hein and Magnus Pettersen are renowned for transforming everyday objects into beautiful sculptures and their Home exhibition plays with notions of what we call furniture.

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The exhibition features a floor of striking multi-coloured concrete tiles and a series of sculptural abstract forms. There are rough-cut concrete vases, conceptual side tables and polished steel chairs that reflect both the tiled floor and the other objects in the exhibition. “The floor becomes alive and the surrounding furniture becomes like people in your ‘home’,” the design duo explains of the mirrored pieces.

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Hein is a furniture designer and maker and Pettersen is an artist and a graduate from Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen who is recognised for his concrete sculptures. Despite their different backgrounds, their collaborations have garnered attention around the world. “When boundaries between design and art are effaced, potential for magic occurs,” they’ve said. “When working in the space between art and design you are free from restrictions, there are no rules. Having fewer limitations allows you to work experimentally.”

HOME pays homage to material, colour and form rather than functional use and presents a different perspective on the objects that reside between our four walls.

All Photography by  David Stjerneholm

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Aratani Fay

Detroit has been experiencing a design renaissance in recent years. The city that gave us General Motors and the Motown sound is now home to a rapidly growing design population, including the collaborative design studio Aratani Fay.

Formed by designer/makers Ayako Aratani and Evan Fay, the studio is known for its experimentation with expressive and irregular forms and materials.

Fibonacci Stone_Aratani Fay_05Aratani was born and raised in Japan while Fay is from Michigan. Two of their designs that have captured attention at recent design festivals include Aratani’s Click Clock series of wall clocks and Fay’s sculptural Lawless Chair.

The Click Clock wall clocks are crafted from porcelain. While their faces don’t have any digits, soft folds in the pastel-hued porcelain give a subtle hint of the time.

Fibonacci Stone_Aratani Fay_010Aratani, who holds a bachelor of engineering in product design and a master of fine arts in 3D design, has explained that her intention for the design was to “dissolve time-related worries by offering some room in time with this soft form and color.”

Fay’s Lawless Chair features a dark blue seat of intertwined foam ribbons, which are supported by an angular black metal frame. He describes the chair’s design as “a celebration of irregularity within a system, pursuing a more artful form that responds to the chaotic landscape within our structured society.”

Fibonacci Stone_Aratani Fay_07Another example of Aratani Fay’s experimental designs is the Button Up chair, which Arantani describes as “a big lovable monster in the room that can protect you from the outside busy world”. The chair’s outer shell is made of one thick piece of felt that unbuttons to reveal a soft, textural seat.

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HARRISON INTERIORS – ALBERT PARK RESIDENCE

Fibonacci Stone’s Classic White terrazzo tiles perfectly complemented the striking monochromatic design of a new residential project by Harrison Interiors.

Alisia Harrison has chosen Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tiles for a range of interior projects and since launching her own practice, Melbourne-based Harrison Interiors, this elegant, high-quality flooring solution proved to be the ideal choice for the living and kitchen area of her latest project – the stunning Albert Park residence.

The Albert Park residence features a simple, elegant palette of black, grey, white and timber. The subtle tones of the Classic White terrazzo tiles provide a neutral foundation for the overall design. The subtle combination of grey and beige tones within the tile’s matrix provides versatility for a wider range of colours in the soft furnishings and the use of black in the interior design also contrasts well with our Classic White tile.

Harrison Interiors’ designs are regarded for their natural materiality, elegant palettes and a restrained sense of boldness. Fibonacci Stone Classic White terrazzo tiles are an ideal complement to this aesthetic as they provide a clean, light aesthetic without being too stark. Classic White’s tones will also show less signs of wearing than other light flooring options.

As the trend toward terrazzo continues to grow, Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tiles are the first choice for designers seeking timeless, durable flooring solutions. Each tile is individually made to size, which means they are thinner and more versatile than other tiles and are ideal for a range of residential and commercial environments. Made to last, they have a lifespan of more than 30 years and require little maintenance over the course of their long, stylish life. Just like Harrison’s designs, they stand the test of time.

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Photography by Dan Hocking

 

BEST OF DESIGN MIAMI & ART BASEL 2016

Miami is known as the Magic City and this month proved even more enchanting as Design Miami/Art Basel brought together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world.

Now in its 12th year, Design Miami is one of the most anticipated design events. Occurring alongside the Art Basel, exhibiting galleries present collectible designs – from 20th and 21st century furniture to lighting and design objects. The event also features collaborations with designers and design institutions, as well as panel discussions and lectures from some of the most influential talents in design, architecture, art and fashion.

Some of our favourite exhibitions from this year’s event include:

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fibonacci-stone_design-miami-2016_fendi_02-copyFendi’s Happy Room

Anyone visiting Fendi’s exhibition this month were instantly filled with joy. Designed by Milan-based architect Cristina Celestino, Fendi’s ‘Happy Room’ referenced iconic mid-century silhouettes and colours. Materials such as brass, fur, velvet, marble and glass came together in unexpected ways and this roving VIP lounge succeeded boosting the spirits of everyone who entered.

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Launching his studio in 1994, the London-based designer creates objects that are minimal, utilitarian and full of vitality. His latest lighting collection, Bespoke Loop, was launched at this year’s Design Miami and is a series of pale green looping lamps. It’s also the first time Anastassiades has introduced colour to his lighting designs. His latest hoop-shaped brass lights maintain his minimalist aesthetic and feature a delicate frame with a spherical blub attached to the inner surface.

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The booth from Brussels-based Victor Hunt Designart Dealer was a showcase for the work of Seoul-based Korean designer, Kwangho Lee, who is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his design studio. Known for his furniture and lighting woven from garden hoses and electrical cables, Lee’s work has been exhibited at Paris’ Musée des Arts décoratifs and Bayerisches National Museum in Munich. The designs exhibited at Design Miami included his Skin Series, which incorporates cooked enameled copper, and his Moment of Eclipse series of marble stools and benches.

fibonacci-stone_design-miami-2016_gaetano-pesces-speaking-cabinets_01-copyGaetano Pesce’s speaking cabinets

New York gallery Salon 94 presented works by legendary Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce, titled ‘The Speaking Cabinets’, at the Setai Miami Beach hotel. It included new works, such as Pesce’s vivid tree vases, and large-scale cabinets made from wood and papier-mâché. The opening event attracted design luminaries such as architect Jean Nouvel and artist Chuck Close.

 

SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT – LAAL

There’s something different about the Same Same collection from Melbourne-based LAAL. The tables and stools are topped off with beautiful terrazzo that has been selected for each season of the year.

LAAL is part of award-winning independent Melbourne design collective, LAB DE STU, which also includes designers and brands such as Dowel Jones, Studio of Adam Lynch and Dale Hardiman. “We created LAB DE STU as a vehicle for us as designers to promote ourselves and our design work,” explain founders Adam Lynch, Andre Hnatojko and Dale Hardiman. “Today it is a design showcase, a mode in which we expose our creations in a collective scenario under a uniform banner.”

The Same Same collection of tables and stools has been designed using an algorithm that dictates its curvaceous form. The designers then manually manipulate the algorithm to ensure that each piece in the collection is unique. This approach has inspired the collection’s name – each piece is same same, but different.

The Same Same collection is available in four Fibonacci Stone terrazzo finishes. The Nougat terrazzo combines subtle tones of white, beige and grey with dusty pink. The Coral terrazzo is inspired by the colours of an ocean reef and features the perfect balance of orange and pink pigments with the accents of white, grey and shell. The sophisticated Idol terrazzo is reminiscent of the bold graphic imagery noted in Memphis design, while the Fossil terrazzo draws inspiration from the colours and textures found in the preserved remains of ages long past, with a subtle grey base and warm natural grey-to-brown marble aggregate detail.

No matter which finish you select, you can rest assured that each piece in the Same Same collection is like no other.

Photography courtesy of LAAL

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MATHIEU LEHANNEUR MAKING WAVES WITH LIQUID MARBLE

The waves of time have been permanently captured in a magnificent new sculpture from multi-disciplinary French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, which was unveiled at this year’s London Design Festival.

Liquid Marble, exhibited at Victoria & Albert museum, is an ambitious and perfectly executed design that transforms the static nature of jet-black marble into a swirling and darkly menacing seascape.

“The piece doesn’t move, but the reflection of light on the polished marble makes it feel like a real sea,” explains Lehanneur.

The piece was created using complex 3D software, which was developed for the film industry, and a machine that sculpted four pieces of marble before they were joined together in one imposing monolith.

fibonacci-stone_liquid-marble_mathieu-lehanneur_07Hand polished to create a reflective finish, Liquid Marble brings “water to a place where there is none, to create a contemplative experience,” explains the designer.

This is the third installation in the Liquid Marble series. The others include a green-coloured pool of marble installed in the courtyard of French chateau and a sculpted aluminium table.

fibonacci-stone_liquid-marble_mathieu-lehanneur_08“I’ve always been amazed by the strong impact of the ocean, and when you’re in front of it you don’t have to talk, you’re just watching and thinking,” says Lehanneur.

Mathieu Lehanneur is known for his innovation. He regularly combines design, science, technology and art to create projects that soar beyond average heights and have earned him a spot at the top of the design world.

It’s no wonder this designer has linked up with leading brands such as Nike, Veuve Clicquot, Audemars Piguet, Hôtels Pullman and Schneider Electric and his works are featured in the permanent collections of the MoMa, Centre Pompidou and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. He’s on a design wave worth catching.

Photography courtesy of Ed Reeve

ZUZA MENGHAM LEAVES A LASTING IMPRESSION

A series of scent-inspired sculptures by artist Zuza Mengham were like a breath of fresh air at this year’s London Design Festival.

Mengham was commissioned by London-based perfume-makers Laboratory Perfumes to represent five of their scents in physical form. The result is a sensory awakening in the form of sculpture, with five fascinating pieces in an exhibition called Sculpting Scent.

fibonacci-stone_laboratory-perfumes-zuza-mengham-design_002Boundaries are blurred through layers of resin in Mengham designs. She uses colour, angles and visual effects to present her interpretation of the composition of fragrances.

Working with Laboratory Perfume’s five scents — atlas, amber, gorse, samphire and tonka – Mengham resisted reading any descriptions of the fragrances, instead drawing her visual inspiration from their olfactory elements alone.

The result is seen so clearly in the finished designs: gorse is a yellow/orange creation that screams citrus. Atlas, with its notes of pipe tobacco, rum, vanilla and hay, is a rich vision with swirls of smoke floating through a deep orange and murky pink crystal.

fibonacci-stone_laboratory-perfumes-zuza-mengham-design_005Tonka looks good enough to eat, with a creamy white base peppered with black. It rises to a multi-coloured peak that could almost belong in an ice cream cone with its carefully constructed layers.

“After I matched them up with their descriptions, I made a series of drawings with watercolour overlays, building up the colours and patterns until I was happy they translated in a way that felt appropriate,” Mengham explains.

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The Amber fragrance is a good example, with its fresh and grassy top notes moving into a rich woodiness. Mengham says she used a clear green tint with chalky marbling at the top for the lighter leafy notes before moving down to a richer green, then burnt red to highlight the deeper notes.

Just like Laboratory Perfume’s fragrances, Mengham’s sculptures are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Photography by Ilka & Franz