“1968 ITALIAN RADICAL DESIGN”, is the project of Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s TOILETPAPER in collaboration with the DESTE Foundation in Athens, that offers an unorthodox, kaleidoscopic walk through the Dakis Joannou Collection of Italian Radical Design furniture. Led by avant-garde design firms such as Archizoom, Superstudio, Global Tools and 9999, Radical Design was firmly opposed to the ethics, and indeed the very notion of, “good design” or taste.
“As visitors move through the passageway, they observe the fluctuating effect of light and reflections created by the colour-effect acrylic and acrylic mirrors. On one side, the tunnel’s triangular panels seem completely black; from the other end, a multicoloured spectrum shines through, changing as the viewers walks by.” said Olafur Eliasson.
The Los Angeles based British designer Zaid Affas launched his eponymous brand in 2014. Having lived in cities around the globe, his work is a convergent mix of polarities; a dialogue between natural, organic shapes and crisp, urban engineering. Silhouettes are presented in a conceptual format that breaks ties with the traditional and explores the transformative nature of intricate tailoring. Inspired by refined materials and the inherent beauty of the woman who wears them, Zaid Affas is redefining the image of modern luxury.
Milan-based emerging designer Maddalena Selvini has a thing for texture and materials. Much of her work explores the intersection of these two concepts in various ways.
In her “Morning Spikes” series she asks the question – “A cup should contain but why forget about the surface we are holding?” “The contrast with the warmth, the wool and the spikes gives an experience to the hands too.” she adds.
With roots in Stockholm and London, Larsson & Jennings crafts sleek watches which combine the classic British aesthetic with Swedish minimalism design – made in Switzerland.
Paying tribute to classic design with an urban edge, the Chain Metal Larsson and Jennings watch series features lightweight, innovative materials in a stylish construction. Brilliantly versatile, this modern timepiece will lend itself to any aesthetic.
The norwegian artist and creative director Espen Kluge transforms 3D renders into amazing meditative works of art.
“It’s a very playful process really, one through which I learn a lot technically and artistically,” says Kluge, adding that “I never set a goal in terms of symbolism or specific meaning.” Instead, he says, “I find myself moving towards a certain aesthetic, or wildly chasing some abstract [or] undefined theme.” The variety of finished products speak for themselves.