Sundial Chandelier by Maarten de Ceulaer

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Introduced during the Milan Salone, Maarten de Ceulaer has designed the “Sundial Chandelier” for the Nilufar Gallery. Made of anodised aluminum disks that seem to float in space “like planets in the universe”, the central rod casts a sharp shadow of in different directions, as if, explains Maarten de Ceulaer, “it were illuminated by 6 different suns”.

“They spiral down the piece to end where they started, like a perfect loop in time. The design is all about rhythym, and each version will play a different song, with the shadows dancing to a different beat.”

The Sundial Chandelier is developed with and produced by the Belgian company Alton, known for their excellence in aluminum production. Every piece is be signed and numbered.

 

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Blending digital & artisanal techniques: Julio

design-luce-couillet-julio-mobile-1  French designer Luce Couillet focused on product-design studies at ESAD in Reims, before experimenting with textile creation at ENSCI-Les Ateliers in Paris.Her « Julio » mobiles are hand-woven, crafted using both digital (laser-cutting) and artisanal techniques.

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Each ellipse is assembled piece by piece and woven on a loom in a rising-descending manner, in order to create a hypnotic, optical game of shadows. The mobile seems to vibrate, displaying shadow games as the mobiles crisscross each other. Made of wood or of paper, the Julio mobile was originally designed by Luce Couillet for and presented at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, on the occasion of the « Conversations » exhibition. All mobiles are custom-made and limited to eight pieces. (…)

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How to Curate Design? Learn with the London Design Museum

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Willing to become a design curator? The London Design Museum (in collaboration with the Kingston University) offers MA programs for students willing to learn the tricks of the trades. With curating briefs set by the Design Museum, British Council, Architecture Foundation, British Museum and the V&A, students develop their curatorial practice and build their portfolios. The program has international collaboration at its heart, and offers students the opportunity to become part of a wider, ever-growing international network of curators.  Through partnerships with prestigious cultural organizations, the programme offers students the opportunity to curate live projects and build their own professional profiles.

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Zaha Hadid (1950-2016)

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Goodbye, Dame Zaha Hadid. A tribute to the sassiest, diva-esque starchitect, to read on Slate (French version).

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Spotted: Hiquily’s table at Wright

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Spotted: This gorgeous “occasional table”, designed by Philippe Hiquily, will be auctioned by Wright on March 24th. The French designer and sculptor (1925-2013) made this cast, patinated bronze and glass small table in 1987. This piece is from the edition of 12 produced by Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris. Signed and numbered to base, estimate: $15,000–20,000. Sigh…

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Studio Job: Monkey Business

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Publishing house Skira Rizzoli will release on March 22nd « Studio Job: Monkey Business » . The book is a collective work between designer Job Smeets, who founded Studio Job in 2000 with Nynke Tynagel, Glenn Adamson, Ronald Labaco, respectively director and senior curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Loic Le Gaillard and Julien Lombrail, principals at Carpenters Workshop Gallery (Paris and London).

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Blurring the lines between industrial design and art installation, Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of Studio Job have vaulted into the top ranks of contemporary design. (…) Read More »

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Emirati origami: A new addition to Aljoud Lootah’s Oru collection

 

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Japanese ancient art meets Middle East tradition: multidisciplinary designer and artist Aljoud Lootah has added a black version to her Oru lamp, as part of the”Oru Series” she introduced during the Dubaï Design Days 2015. Her collection of geometric furniture and decorative objects take inspiration from origami forms. The name “Oru” originates from the Japanese verb “to fold”, and the idea behind the Aljoud’s designing process was to generate, from a flat, 2-dimensional sheet, an aesthetically appealing and functional 3-dimensional form. (…)

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Did you know about Isamu Noguchi’s hidden passion?

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Did you know that, for over three decades, Martha Graham danced on and around abstract sculptures designed by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988)? Yes, the father of the Freeform Sofa and the most famous coffee-table in the history of modern design, also a world-renowned sculptor, and the Grande dame of Modern dance had a perfect connection.

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A purely professional one, that is… Their first collaboration was for her 1935 “Frontier,” where western landscape had been suggested by a simple fence and two stretched lengths of rope designed by Isamu Noguchi. (…)

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