The THEN-NOW Show | 11th March – 23rd April 2011

Jane Atfield |Sebastian Bergne | Adam Brinkworth | Konstantin Grcic | Thomas Heatherwick| Victoria Jessen-Pike | David Keech | Wakako Kishimoto | Tom Lloyd | Kevin McCullagh | Corin Mellor | Peter Naumann | Ben Panayi | Luke Pearson | Sonya Winner

The THEN-NOW Show is an exhibition of 15 designers who were originally amongst the graduates selected by Zeev Aram to take part in the Aram Design’s Annual Graduate Shows in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This exhibition revisits the work of these designers to show the development of their career over the last 20 years or so. Their work will be represented by their designs at graduation, THEN, alongside recent work, NOW.
Zeev Aram opened his first store on London’s Kings Road, Chelsea, in 1964 at a time when there was very little in the way of modern furniture on the market. He had a real passion for design and was the first to introduce the works of designers such as Carlo Scarpa, A & P.G. Castiglioni, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier and V. Magistretti to the UK market. These were truly radical designs at the time and it may have seemed a gamble to show these works as part of a commercial venture. Aram however, believed that here were pieces that were important, beautifully designed and well manufactured that would stand the test of time. And so they have.
As the years went on, Aram noted that there was very little in the UK in the way of support for emerging designers and there was a real gap between designers and manufacturers. So he decided to host a yearly exhibition that would act as a platform for young graduates to show their innovative designs to the public, but principally to INDUSTRY. The exhibition was an attempt to bridge the gap and form a dialogue between a young generation of designers and manufacturers: a platform for engaging with creative ideas. This became the raison d’être for the Aram Graduate Shows.
Each year, Aram would spend the summers on the road, visiting end of year shows at over forty/fifty design colleges around the UK. The works he selected came from all creative disciplines: graphics, fashion, product/industrial design. There was no limit neither in the breadth of the disciplines nor in the quantity of designs. What mattered most was that the designs to be shown would represent the thinking of the young design graduates and their innovative solutions.
Each year there were between 70 and 90 participants, sometimes even more. The exhibitions would take over the entire Showroom for nearly a month with students and their colleges helping to mount these large shows. There was no charge made by Aram neither to students nor to colleges for participation in these exhibitions.
While looking through his archives recently, Aram noticed that many of the graduates whose work he showed are now established and well respected names in the design field. As a result, The THEN-NOW Show was born.
The main objective of this exhibition is to show to the public, undergraduate designers and designers in their early careers the progress these 15 designers have made over the last two decades.
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Jaime hayon*candy light for baccarat

Installation view, at the baccarat exhibition during milan design week 2011

  An extension of his ‘crystal candy set’ for baccarat, jaime hayon’s new lamp series juxtaposes  white, platinum, or copper ceramic with the refractive textured crystal.

Jaime hayon‘s ‘candy light’ series, designed for baccarat, juxtaposes the bright finish

and solid form of ceramic with the clarity and cut of textured crystal.

hayon’s first lamps for the company, the series is an extension of his 2009 ‘crystal candy set’, covered in this designboom article. the pieces are designed with a ceramic base of copper, platinum, or white, and a crystal shade modeled after baccarat’s juvisy pattern. a red crystal pendant at the lamp’s base serves as the switch.
when the lamp is lit, the crystal shade casts its waffle reflection onto the base, and scatters light onto the surrounding surfaces.

the works were on display in the baccarat exhibition during milan design week 2011.

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INTERVIEW * Stephen Antonson

Stephen Antonson at his studio
 A · Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I studied painting and sculpture at Carnegie Mellon and received an MFA in Mixed Media from Hunter College. My first solo show came out of a semester I spent studying at Lacoste in France. For more than a decade, i showed my work in galleries in New York, London, and L.A. In the last decade, I turned my attention to design and decorative art, specializing in plaster. I have a line of lighting and accessories — chandeliers, lamps, sconces, frames and candlesticks—that have lead to   commissions  with top interior designers including Peter Marino, Miles Redd, James Huniford,  Victoria Hagen. My studio is in brooklyn.
B · What’s your favourite part of the design process?
 the dialogue with the client who commissions a custom piece can often be a great thing particularly if they have a very good idea of what they want.  the dialogue leads to a  drawing and that yields a prototype. The prototype is perhaps my favorite step because that is when you know if the piece will work as envisioned  or if changes are needed. this is also when surprises can happen.

C · Please tell us more about your art and design background and what made you become an artist and designer?

I have always been interested in objects from a sculptural standpoint as well as from a craftsmanship perspective.  For as long as I can remember, I have been making things. But  I could make things all day long to no end, which is why I appreciate having a context for them, whether it’s  a gallery, museum, or decorative arts setting such as a private home.

D · Where do you get inspiration?

I’m a little wary of the word inspiration. I  get my ideas by doing the work—all the time. looking and listening are key too. Of course, I look to The greats: Calder, Giacometti, and Rauschenberg  but I also tap into my children with their sense of the absurd and constant need to play. Sometimes its just a bag being blown down the street or a mitten on the sidewalk.

E · What was the movie or book that impressed you the most?

There are so many. Anything by the Marx Brothers.

F · Can you describe your style, how has that style developed over the years?
I don’t give it much thought really. each work has to work within its intended context. thats the important thing.

G · For you what makes a product rare?

Making a piece by hand certainly suggests uniqueness. Most of my work up until recently has been custom one-offs. I have been wanting to design products for the mass market for some time and have just been given an opportunity. i hope to do more.

H · Regarding the future, are you afraid of something?

I am frightened by those lacking imagination and/or sense of humor.

Icicle Chandelier White

Specially for DESIGN GALLERIST Stephen Antonson has send a couple of pictures of his new creation!
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Last week during the Furniture Fair in Milan, Studio Jo Meesters presented it’s new project entitled Aurelia  Eichhornia. The Aurelia Eichhornia is a series of lamps especially developed for the presentation of Leolux  during the 50th Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2011 where the Dutch furniture company exhibited its new collection.

Detail view
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Story Vases * FRONT Projects

Story Vases by Front and the Siyazama Project for Editions in Craft.
Story Vases The Story Vases tell the personal stories of five women from South Africa.
The project began with a series of conversations in Durban between Anna, Sofia and Charlotte from Front and Beauty, Thokozani, Kishwepi, Tholiwe and Lobolile of the Siyazama Project, a collective of women working with traditional bead craft in KwaZulu-Natal. They told about their daily lives, their husbands and children.
They shared their hopes and dreams, and talked about love, life and death. Their stories also touch on such serious subjects as the effect of HIV on their society, poverty and unemployment. They talked about their business and what beadwork meant to them. Each of the vases tells a part of these stories, and documents the daily life of women in rural, post apartheid South Africa. Each woman formed their own story into text by threading glass beads on to metal wires. These wires were made into vase-shaped moulds, into which glass was blown. With the Story Vases, Front used its conceptual approach to design, material and narrative to explore new ways of working with Zulu bead craft in collaboration with the Siyazama Project.
This long-term project aims to broaden the market for the women’s craft and to let their stories, which are seldom told, be heard by more people. By Front and the Siyazama Project for Editions in Craft.


Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken and Anna Lindgren are the members of the Swedish design group Front.
Their works are based on common discussions, explorations and experiments and they are all involved in the projects from initial ideas to the final product.
Front’s design objects often communicate a story to the observer about the design process, about the material it is made of or about conventions within the design field.
In their work they have assigned part of the making of design to animals, computers or machines.
They have made a constantly changing interior, created objects with explosions, robotic furniture and a range of furniture inspired by their fascination with magic.

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fendi* fatto a mano for the future

designers rowan mersh, nicola guerraz, and sandro del pistoia and fendi artisan federica antonelli create sculptures in person as part of the ‘fatto a mano for the future’ series by fendi

At milan design week 2011, fendi presents the first italian exhibition of their project, ‘fatto a mano for the future’,  featuring the performances of london-based designer rowan mersh, italian artist nicola guerraz, italian sculptor sandro del pistoia, and fendi artisan federica antonelli.

the live design series invites artists and designers to join a fendi craftsman in creating sculptural objects 
using discarded materials from the fendi production process, as a conceptual illustration of the interactions 
that take place between designers and artists, production and tradition, and creators and materials.

In the installation by rowan mersh, real-time heart rate data collected from antonelli is fed automatically 
into an adapted riveting machine that  punches holes into thin strips of leather. mersh then assembles the punctured scraps, 
using the holes to install them onto a steel framework. the shapes and density of the leather sculpture varies 
depending on the space between the holes in the leather, which is in turn dependent on the recorded heart rate.

Nicola guerraz’s piece ‘3D selleria scribbles’ features five pieces of copper tubing, which are covered with leather 
that is stitched together by antonelli during the exhibition. guerraz then bends and transforms the pieces into ‘tangles’, 
inside of which will be planted a tillandsia air plant.
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Milan Design Week 2011 * Atmosphere

A Head Geneve creation is displayed at Poltrona Frau Show Room during Milan Design Week 2011.
A Roll & Hill creation is displayed during Milan Design Week 2011
A Head Geneve creation is displayed at Poltrona Frau Show Room during Milan Design Week 2011 
Portugal Brands during Milan Design Week
Tortona ambience, Portugalbrands events, brands: Boca do lobo, My face, Munna, So true, and others.
Boca do lobo and tema home at Milan Design Week
Sé Collection by Jaime Hayon during Salone del Mobile 2011 at Spazio Rossana Orlandi.
Britain is making its presence felt at Milan this year with two large centres: Design Junction in Via Savona in the Zona Tortona district and Porta Romana Design in the west of the city. Other big British names, like Tom Dixon.
Moooi’s Panaroma @ Milan Design
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