It was the late 1800s when Swedish designer Ludvig Andersson launched Kasthall to make rugs for the world. Today the company’s rich Nordic knowledge of natural yarn, colour and technique is found in the original factory where collaborations with local and international designers from Ilse Crawford to Acne Studios underpins a vibrant design studio and some of the most exciting rug collections coming out of Scandinavia.
At the recent Work Place/Work Life conference in Sydney, architects from around the world revealed some of the radical changes to the workplace in cities from Copenhagen to Melbourne. more space caught up with Emily Moss, a principal at Hassell in Sydney, to discuss projects for Arup, Lendlease, Atlassian and Morningstar, which have not only changed how their client’s work but established a new kind of client relationship.
‘All the Invisible’ is a film by art director Federico Pepe that celebrates the work of Glas Italia, a company that grew from the traditions of Italian glass making and for more than 40 years has explored the ancient craft through innovation and collaboration with designers like Patricia Urquiola, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and Piero Lissoni.
The studio of Garcia Cumini is based in Udine, an area of northern Italy that blends history and culture much like the backgrounds of founding designers Vicente Garcia Jiménez and Cinzia Cumini whose experiences are diverse and richly layered. We catch up with the duo to talk about Spokes and the Italian lighting maker Foscarini who has a reputation for experimentation and spotting talent.
For this year’s Sydney Contemporary art fair Sullivan+Strumpf gallery and designers Flack Studio worked together to create an immersive experience featuring leading artists from the Asia-Pacific and furniture from the Sapce collection designed by some of the world’s greats. more space caught up with Flack Studio to discuss their first gallery collaboration.
Filmed on location in the Space Sydney showroom, stylist Steve Cordony has created a series of interior vignettes capturing his ideas for timeless living. As one of Australia’s leading stylists, Steve was an ideal choice for a series that explores the diversity of the Space collection via the immersive medium of film.
Salvador Dalì famously posed in the UP5 armchair and the James Bond classic ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ featured it inside architect John Lautner’s Elrod House in Palms Springs. By the 1970s the UP Series, which turns 50 this year, was suddenly more than just a new piece of furniture, it had come to represent a whole new generation of designers.
Formafantasma is the studio of Italian designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin who met while studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Their work explores craft and industry, and often involves new ways of engaging their audience through furniture, objects, lighting and exhibitions. They recently began a collaboration with Brooklyn-based lighting studio Roll & Hill. more space caught up with the duo who share both work and life together.
Design studio Pierce Widera is interior designer Amy Pierce and architect Nat Widera, who met while working together at Chris Connell Design. Since opening their own office they have completed a diversity of projects, from a teeny tiny 35 square metre café, to a co-working space and a multi-level hospitality project. more space caught up with the talented duo to talk design, friendship and the influences that shape their practice.
The story of Mart can be traced back to the 1960s and a time of huge social change. For the founder of B&B Italia, Piero Ambrogio Busnelli, that meant looking for ideas in sometimes unexpected places. A chance encounter with a rubber duck manufacturer in the UK became the catalyst for a new way to make sofas, and continues to underpin the furniture group’s philosophy for innovation and collaboration.
Late last year B&B Italia announced the re-edition of 20 products designed by Luigi Caccia Dominioni, one of Italy’s most admired designers and architects whose love of the Baroque movement’s expressive forms and beautiful details quietly shaped apartment buildings, theatres and public spaces in Milan during the post-WWII period. The addition of this historic collection marks another step by B&B Italia to preserve Italy’s rich design heritage.
Designer and architect Piero Lissoni has studios in Milan and New York and has established a practice that weaves between the design of buildings, furniture, exhibitions, graphics and art direction. It is a studio that is grounded in the traditions of Italian design fluidity producing some of the most interesting installations and furniture collections at Milan Design Week.
London-based designer Donna Wilson makes all manner of knitted objects in her East London studio and dispatches them to the world. From cushions and creatures, to sweaters, scarves and ceramics, Donna Wilson’s designs are playful and funny and have developed a life of their own.
At Kartell, design projects are based on craftsmanship but always involve innovative industrial processes often pushed to the limits. The new Matrix collection by designer/artist Tokujin Yoshioka does just that by exploring the possibilities of Kartell’s sophisticated production technology to create a chair that is light and strong and highly decorative.
Now that Milan Design Week has drawn to a close, the latest furniture and lighting releases join the Space collection. Leading brands including B&B Italia, Cassina, SP01 and Porro, by designers including Patricia Urquiola, Michael Anastassiades, Philippe Starck, Piero Lissoni and Marcel Wanders. Arriving into the Space showrooms in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia later this year, the exciting news is that many of these pieces can be pre-ordered now...
From a technology collaboration between Philippe Starck, Kartell and Autodesk, to installations and new products made of bioplastic, this year furniture collections were peppered with new thinking and manufacturing processes. While it was also another year of looking back through the design archives. With the help of the Space team, here more space reviews the highlights, design directions and best new releases from the world’s biggest design event of the year – Milan Design Week!
Celebrating their 70th birthday at Milan Design Week, more space visited the Kartell exhibition “The Art Side of Kartell” that commemorated the brand’s seven decades of design with new pieces by Tokujin Yoshioka, Fabio Novembre and Philippe Starck, and the relaunch of the iconic 1969 Componibili now made in bioplastic, a new material that was all the buzz in Milan.
Euroluce at Milan Design Week happens every two years and it is one of the most popular events of the festival. As a Renaissance city, Milan is the perfect foil to the newest technologies in light and a spectacular canvas for installations. This year ideas took to the stars, with constellations and sculptural nuance drawn from nature or providing a counterbalance to it. more space went inside the concrete bunker at Foscarin and explored new work from New York’s Roll & Hill. Let there be light!
Today all eyes are on Cassina. more space heads to the Sala delle Colonne on Via Durini. located at the back of the Cassina showroom where the Chandigarh Project in tribute to the architect Pierre Jeanneret has been unveiled, alongside 'The Cassina Perspective’ an eye-popping installation by art director Patricia Urquiola featuring a panorama of colours, textures, and products from modern icons to new innovations. Here is what we found...
It’s day two of exhibitions, talks, launches, parties and installations in some of Milan’s most private and public spaces, earning Milan Design Week its pole position as design leader. B&B Italia is celebrating the 50th birthday of the groundbreaking UP 5&6 armchair designed by Gaetano Pesce in 1969; Glas Italia has released designs in iridescent colour and fluid form, and GTV has collaborated with Michael Anastassiades who plays with the traditions of wood.
It’s Milan Design Week! The annual pilgrimage to the world’s biggest design exhibition is in full swing and our first day on the ground reveals the beauty of the historic Palazzo Crivelli gardens with Living Divani to celebrate their 50th birthday; the Mediateca Santa Teresa with Moooi and their posse of designers including Front; and Zona Tortona where SP01’s collection combines precision metal work, tradition and pure architectural geometry .
Describing his work as "minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane, yet full of unexpected vitality”, designer Michael Anastassiades designs products, furniture and lighting that strikes a balance between art and the practicalities of function, while bringing a certain magic to each design.
This year British designer Lee Broom chose Sydney over Milan to unveil ‘Park Life’, a poetic journey of light and discovery inspired by the traditional garden parks of 18th century Europe and unfolding within the underground car park of Space Furniture’s flagship showroom.
Milanese brand La Double J. has collaborated with Kartell for the first time producing a collection of curated pieces from the Kartell archives that mix their signature vintage prints with Kartell’s 70-year design legacy.
Designer Rick Tegelaar is fascinated by materials, especially the ones he describes as ‘undervalued’. His Meshmatics Chandelier for Moooi takes its form from the simple beauty of chicken wire mesh, developed in a unique process he designed in his Arnhem studio in The Netherlands.
British designer Lee Broom is heading to Sydney to create one of his most significant exhibitions to date with an immersive installation in collaboration with Space. The large-scale installation entitled ‘Park Life’ will be showcased for one week only in Sydney and will be the first exhibition by Lee Broom in Australia.
Like the Red Blue Chair, the Zig-Zag, the Schröder 1 and the Utrecht, the limited edition Beugel is an example of architect Gerrit Rietveld’s experimental approach to design – ideas that fellow designer Charlotte Perriand also championed in the 1920s.
Be / Colour! is a limited-edition capsule collection by designer and art director Ferruccio Laviani that uses colour to reimagine some of Foscarini's most popular lamps, and in the process uncovers a new side to their personality.
A recent exhibition on the influential French designer Charlotte Perriand featured furniture and interiors across her nearly 80-year career, including her first big launch at the 1927 Salon d’Automne that caught the eye of Le Corbusier and began their 10-year collaboration.
Design takes centre stage in a short film created by Italian furniture brand B&B Italia in collaboration with OffiCine and Elle Decor Italia. Inside a classic Milanese apartment, life unfolds around the Atoll sofa designed by Antonio Citterio. and an elegant set created by Studio Silenzi.